Leeds United Head Coach Thomas Christiansen has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award, with the winner set to be announced tomorrow, Friday 8th September.
Christiansen is nominated along with Cardiff City’s Neil Warnock (boo), Ipswich Town’s Mick McCarthy, and Wolverhampton’s Nuno Espírito Santo. Cardiff has won all five of their league matches this season while both Ipswich and Wolverhampton have also had good starts to the season after underwhelming last season.
Leeds has had a fantastic start of the season, being the only Football League team that is undefeated in all competitions after seven matches, going 3-2-0 in the Championship while dispatching both opponents in the League Cup by a combined score of 9-2 over Port Vale and Newport County. The Whites are also currently on a four match clean sheet streak, having not given up a goal in the league since the opening match away against Bolton Wanderers.
And while Leeds is coming off just missing out on the play-offs last season, most pundits had failed to pick Leeds to be in the promotion race this year, with previous manager Garry Monk leaving for Middlesbrough and the new Head Coach, Christiansen, being new to English football.
In addition, the squad has had quite a lot of turnover, having made 16 new signings during the summer transfer window while a number of players have left the team, including last year’s Championship Top goal-scorer, Chris Wood, who left for Burnley, and also last year’s starting goalkeeper, former England international Rob Green.
Christiansen has managed to integrate a number of new signings into the side with a great deal of success while helping some of the existing players, most notably Eunan O’Kane and Liam Cooper, to having better performances than they had last year at Elland Road.