LIAM COOPER has backed new head coach Thomas Christiansen to make the difference and take Leeds United “over the line” to the Premier League.
Leeds looked destined to finish in last season’s play-off places under former head coach Garry Monk whose men held an eight-point advantage over the chasing pack with eight games to go.
Cooper admits the whole squad were left deflated after the club crumbled to finish seventh but the centre-back sees no reason why Christiansen cannot now work the oracle in 2017-18. The 44-year-old former APOEL and AEK Larnaca boss became the new Whites head coach on June 15, three weeks after Monk had announced his surprise resignation.
Monk, now in charge of Middlesbrough, had looked destined to take Leeds to the Championship’s play-offs for the first time since 2005-06.
Cooper, reflecting on last season’s failure to make the top six, admitted: “Obviously the lads and myself were very down for a couple of weeks.
“I think if you asked my missus she would tell you the same.
“But it is what it is, we have proved we belong up there fighting for promotion and let’s hopefully go on another big journey this year and get ourselves where we are meant to be.
“We have proved as a team and as a young team last year that we are more than capable of competing at the top of the league.
“Obviously the new manager is going to come in with his own ideas and hopefully that can get us over the line come the end of the season.”
Leeds will begin their pre-season friendlies on Wednesday with a match against Harrogate Town behind closed doors at Thorp Arch – nine days after returning to pre-season training,
Obviously the new manager is going to come in with his own ideas and hopefully that can get us over the line come the end of the season.Liam Cooper
The Whites will then visit Guiseley next Saturday.