HEAD COACH Thomas Christiansen said critics and plaudits of his work were inevitable as the Dane expressed gratitude for those behind him while adding: “the ones that I have to have close to me are with me”.
Christiansen was nominated for the Championship’s August manager of the month award after five victories and two draws but was then forced to field questions about his future after seven losses from eight games.
That frustrating run was ended when United recorded a 2-1 success at home to Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough at Elland Road on Sunday, after which Christiansen received a warm embrace from chairman Andrea Radrizzani following the full-time whistle.
Christiansen will now look to propel seventh-placed United further up the table with a positive result at leaders Wolves tonight and the Dane says he will merely continue to work hard and stay positive whatever fortunes await him.
“It’s of course nice to have people behind you,” said Christiansen.
“But this is football. When we were unbeaten and on a good run, I was the best. Then we had these losses in a row and I should be sacked. But this is football.
“It’s nothing that I have invented, it’s nothing that I can change. I can just work as I have done until now, being positive, doing my best. I know the ones that I have to have close to me are with me.”
Christiansen will now have to select the match-day 18 that he has with him for the Wednesday night trip to leaders Wolves and the Dane says he is pleased with the competition for places within his squad.
Summer signings Mateusz Klich and Pawel Cibicki are among those finding it hard to even make Christiansen’s match-day squad.
It’s nothing that I have invented, it’s nothing that I can change. I can just work as I have done until now, being positive, doing my best. I know the ones that I have to have close to me are with me.Thomas Christiansen
“I’m very pleased here,” said Christiansen, asked about the competition for places at Leeds.
“What they have to do is make it difficult for me to choose my 18 and after that my 11 and they prove it in all the trainings that they are able to play in the 11.
“So from my point of view it’s my headache to choose and pick the right 11. It’s my responsibility also when we win and when we lose to decide well.”