Thomas Christiansen returns to management 17 months after Leeds United sacked him

General views of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 03, 2016 in Leeds, England.

The former Leeds United boss is heading to Belgian football.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen leaves the field during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich,...

Thomas Christiansen is back in management around a-year-and-a-half after he left Leeds United.

The Dane had been without a club since his Elland Road exit, which came just eight months after he joined the Whites.

 

But he was unveiled as the new boss of Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on Monday afternoon.

Alex Muzio, who is chairman of the Belgian second-tier side, told the club's official website: "We have taken our time to make the right decision and a coach who shares our vision for the long term. Of all the profiles, Thomas stood out for his ambition, his determination and his experience. I am delighted that a coach with Thomas Christiansen's CV joins us and shares our desire to evolve and grow the club."

Christiansen led Leeds to the top of the Championship by autumn the season before last, but the Whites' form soon began to stutter.

By the time of his sacking in early February, Leeds were 10th - and went on to finish 13th under his successor, Paul Heckingbottom.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Heckingbottom failed to make the new campaign, however, and was replaced by the incumbent Whites boss, Marcelo Bielsa.

As well as Leeds, Christiansen has managed the Cypriot sides, AEK Larnaca and APOEL Nicosia.

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