Leeds United: Whites host ex-midfielder Brown’s Vale in League Cup

Thomas Christiansen
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Thomas Christiansen will go head-to-head with Michael Brown on his first night of knockout football in England after Leeds United were drawn at home to Brown’s Port Vale in the first round of the League Cup.

The draw for the opening stage of the competition – re-branded as the Caribou Cup for the 2017-18 season – handed Leeds a tie at Elland Road against a Port Vale side who were relegated to League Two last month.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Vale’s descent from League One saw Brown, the former Leeds midfielder, promoted to the manager’s role following a long stint as caretaker in the aftermath of the resignation of Bruno Ribeiro, another ex-United player.

Brown and new Leeds head coach Christiansen will share the touchline at Elland Road during the week commencing August 7, immediately after the opening weekend of the new Championship season.

The clubs were paired together during the EFL’s first-round draw in Bangkok, yesterday an event which ended in confusion after Charlton Athletic were listed in two separate ties. Television graphics showed Charlton away to Exeter City and at home to Cheltenham Town.

The EFL, which has split the first round into northern and southern sections, later apologised and confirmed that Oxford United had been drawn against Cheltenham, blaming “human error” but insisting the draw “was not compromised in any way”.

“There were inaccuracies – as a result of human error – in the live graphics output that resulted in confusion and incorrect ties being displayed on screen,” the EFL said.

Christiansen, who was appointed by United on Thursday and three weeks on from the resignation of former head coach Garry Monk, will discover Leeds’ full Championship fixture list when the EFL publishes it at 9am this Wednesday.

The 44-year-old Dane secured a two-year deal at Elland Road, with the option of third, after talks with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani in Madrid at the start of this week.

Leeds plan to push ahead with transfer business with Monk replacement now in place and Christiansen is in the process of organising his backroom staff ahead of the start of pre-season.

Monk resigned from his post at Elland Road on May 25 but his coaching team of Pep Clotet, James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan remain in place with contracts until June 30.

First-team coach Beattie is expected to depart for Middlesbrough, where Monk was named as manager a week ago, and both assistant boss Clotet and goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan also look likely to move on in the aftermath of Christiansen’s arrival.

Christiansen was assisted at both APOEL and AEK Larnaca by Julio Banuelos, a Spaniard who previously coached Alaves.

He followed Christiansen out of APOEL at the end of the recent Cypriot season.