Leeds United: Under-fire Whites boss wins board backing

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Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear voiced support for Christiansen in the wake of the run of results which dropped Leeds from first to 10th in the Championship and left the former APOEL boss fighting to quell a flurry of seven defeats in nine games.

Kinnear said doubts about Christiansen’s ability were unfair with Leeds three points below the play-offs, two months after the impressive start to the season which took the club to the top of the table.

“I don’t think it’s fair to question him,” Kinnear said. “Most fair-minded supporters would look at a manager coming into a completely new league, a very challenging league, and working with a new squad and say that to be three points off the play-offs is not far off what you’d expect a new manager to do.

“In what we’ve seen at Thorp Arch and in a number of performances there’s plenty to suggest Thomas has absolutely the potential to deliver in this league. The position we’re in is not way off track from where we want to be. Our target is to get into the play-offs.

“Naturally there’s concern because we need to stay in touch with the play-off places but we’re confident the ingredients are there to regain the form and get back on track.”

United's head coach Thomas Christiansen is having to keep his eye on the ball when it comes to injuries ahead of Leeds' trip to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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