Leeds United urged to stick by under-fire coach Christiansen

Thomas Christiansen.
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LEEDS UNITED legend Eddie Gray believes head coach Thomas Christiansen must be given time at Elland Road, declaring “he has got good ideas” and “you can’t keep changing”.

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Christiansen was forced to face fresh questions about his position after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Brentford condemned United to a fourth league loss in succession and seventh Championship defeat in nine. But chairman Andrea Radrizzani is keen to bring stability to Leeds and Gray feels that the 44-year-old Dane has already shown enough to be persevered with.

United topped the table following five victories and two draws from their first seven games but the Whites now find themselves tenth and three points off the play-offs ahead of a week on Sunday’s clash with Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough at Elland Road.

But Gray believes Christiansen must be given the “right personnel” to work with and the former Whites winger is urging United to “hang in there” before strengthening in the January transfer window.

“I think you’ve got to stick with the manager, no doubt about it,” said Gray. “You can’t keep changing and I think that Thomas has got good ideas.

Eddie Gray.

Eddie Gray.

“What you have got to remember as well is that you have got to get the right personnel in as well and players.

“You have got to try and hang in there I think until January and then add to the squad – try and make the squad a bit stronger.

“The season started well but I think they are suffering from a lack of confidence just now.

“They have had a few defeats and you can see when they go a goal down that they get a little bit frustrated and I think a little bit of frustration is creeping in as well with things not going right for them.

I think you’ve got to stick with the manager, no doubt about it. You can’t keep changing and I think that Thomas has got good ideas.

Eddie Gray

“I think the players are capable of hanging in there but whether they are capable of hanging in there with the top teams remains to be seen.”

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.

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