WATCH: Thomas Christiansen’s final press conference as Leeds United head coach

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THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN paid the ultimate price for Leeds United’s poor run of form when he was sacked by the Championship club on Sunday night.

Christiansen, who took the job last summer, oversaw a terrible dip in form which culminated in Saturday’s 4-1 home Championship defeat to Cardiff.

FINAL STRAW: Thomas Christiansen, showing his frustration in the 4-1 defeat to cardiff City at Elland Road on Saturday. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

FINAL STRAW: Thomas Christiansen, showing his frustration in the 4-1 defeat to cardiff City at Elland Road on Saturday. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

The Whites have failed to win since their 2-1 Boxing Day victory at Burton, a run which has seen them fall out of the running for the play-offs and also be knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two Newport.

Christiansen, 44, was an unknown choice when Leeds decided he was the man to replace Garry Monk last summer.

Monk turned down a role under the club’s new owner, Andrea Radrizzani, opting to take on a new opportunity at Middlesbrough which ended with the sack in December.

Christiansen, a former Barcelona and Spain striker of Danish descent, made his name in Cyprus and seemed to immediately settle in England, with Leeds topping the table in early September.

Thomas Christiansen tries to console Gaetano Berardi after he is sent off against Cardiff City on Saturday. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Thomas Christiansen tries to console Gaetano Berardi after he is sent off against Cardiff City on Saturday. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

However a run of one win in eight put the skids on their promotion charge and, although they recovered in November and December, their current seven-game winless run has seen Radrizzani pull the trigger.