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Leeds United poised to announce Darko Milanic as manager this weekend, claim SkySports

Leeds United are expected to name their next manager imminently.

Leeds United are closing in on appointing Dave Hockaday's permanent replacement, with Darko Milanic appearing to be his chosen successor.

SkySports web editor Chris Harvey confirmed via Twitter on Friday evening that their sources suggest the Slovenian is likely to be appointed over the weekend.

Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post has also verified the news via his Twitter feed.

Milanic is presently the coach of Austrian side Sturm Graz, who finished fifth in the top flight last season. He has been in charge there since the summer of 2013.

His main managerial success came with Maribor, leading the Slovenian side to three titles.

He is a former Slovenian international from his playing days, featuring a Euro 2000.

Former Argentine boss Alejandro Sabella had been linked earlier in the week, with owner Massimo Cellino declaring he wanted a top foreign coach in charge of the club.

Caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has been in charge for the last three games, overseeing two wins and a charge, and will continue in his role regardless for the derby against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

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