Leeds looks to hire Milanic

Leeds United are in the market for a new manager after parting company with Dave Hockaday after just six games in charge. Dave Hockaday had one the worst records amongst the recent crop of Leeds United managers with a win percentage of just 33. Neil Redfearn is currently in charge of the first-team matters before a permanent appointment is made. It is highly speculated that Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, who is no stranger to sacking and hiring managers rather quickly, has made Sturm Graz boss, Darko Milanic, as his first choice to takeover at the club.

The 46-year-old does not have much introduction to English football after having largely made his name with the likes of Maribor. However, it is widely believed that Leeds United had submitted an offer to Sturm Graz to make an approach. Milanic himself has denied these rumours by saying that he has not heard anything from Leeds United, but he did admit that it is exciting to be known that a club of such history and tradition are interested in him. Leeds United are one of the recognised names in English football, but recent troubled times in the last decade have seen them slip into the lower leagues.

Promotion will be the main target for Leeds United this season but they are already looking like mid-table certainties. They are 14th in the table after seven matches. “It’s nice that you’re spoken of in connection with a club of such tradition. This is positive, pleasant stress for me. This gives me confidence. But I can say that there has never been a concrete enquiry for me,” said the 46-year-old. Leeds have been enjoying a good run of form in recent weeks under the management of Redfearn. They are undefeated in the last three matches – a run that also includes two wins.