Leeds United Announce the Appointment of Adam Hallsworth as Manager
After heavy speculation over the past few days, Leeds United have announced that Adam Hallsworth has put pen to paper on a deal that sees him become Leeds' newest manager. Hallsworth signed a one-year deal at Thorp Arch this morning, a contract that some might say shows little faith in the Canadian. However, a statement issued by Leeds this morning proves chairman Andrea Radrizzani feels quite the opposite. Radrizzani himself cited Hallsworth's "passion and resilience" as major reasons for his appointment, while going on to explain the feeling of excitement Hallsworth left him with following his interview. Hallsworth, who turns 26 in two days time, has spent the last two years out of the public eye following the tragic triple leg break he suffered back in early 2015. 23 year old Hallsworth was one of the most promising talents in the country, lighting up the league at Wigan Athletic and earning more than 30 caps for his native Canada. However following his injury, he was forced to retire. Wigan offered Hallsworth a coaching role in their U23 system, as he expressed his desire to get into the management side of football. While gaining hands-on experience at Wigan, he was also earning his coaching badges and now just two years later Leeds have decided he is ready to take on his first managerial role. Fans on Twitter were quick to react, as most seemed to be baffled by the decision. @dirtyleeds1959 tweeted: "Another Dave Hockaday #lufc #shocker" while @ClinicalJansson replied: "Announce relegation" In a press conference at Elland Road this morning, Hallsworth told journalists he "will grasp the opportunity with both hands" while promising supporters Leeds would build on last seasons 7th place finish.
Hallsworth's first press conference as Leeds boss:
I have to take this opportunity to thank Wigan as well, they saved my life. I wouldn't be here without them.
Hallsworth also took the opportunity to announce that Steve McClaren would be joining him as assistant manager. McClaren was just one of many new hires as Hallsworth decided to completely revamp the White's backroom, which saw a nearly brand new coaching, scouting, and medical team take charge at Thorp Arch.