Leeds United are expected to announce Darko Milanic as the club's next manager within the next 48 hours.
Leeds United will reportedly name Darko Milanic as their next manager within the next 48 hours.
Reports suggested that he’s negotiated a deal to get out of his contract with Sturm Graz, which frees him up to be appointed as the next head coach at Elland Road by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.
The developments seem to have happened too late in the day for the 46-year-old to take control of the side for the trip to Huddersfield, which provides caretaker boss Neil Redfearn with a chance to sign off in style.
We’ve considered three key questions and looked at some initial reaction from Leeds United fans.
Is he good enough?
He’d arrive at Leeds with good pedigree. He’s coached his way to 13 honours in Slovenian football during his time as a manager. He’s been a manager in some form since 2004 which suggests that he’s experienced and can bring good coaching skills to the table.
What happens to Redfearn?
Neil Redfearn will most likely withdraw to his position in charge of the Leeds academy. Cellino has already said that Redfearn is too valuable to the club in that area for Leeds to risk jeopardising the progression and development of their younger players.
That’s regardless of the fact that Leeds could be four matches unbeaten under Redfearn if they get a good result against Huddersfield Town today.
What’s the catch?
Even though Milanic has solid and successful coaching experience, Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post has pointed out a potential flaw; he doesn’t speak English. That could make communication extremely difficult at a time when Leeds are trying to climb the table and get back into the Premier League.
Here’s some initial reaction from Leeds fans to the supposedly imminent appointment.
Well it's another leftfield, oddball choice for #LUFC manager. Not that convinced at all. Mid-table Sturm Graz!?— SanMiguelMalaga (@SanMiguelMalaga) September 20, 2014
A coach who's won trophies, qualified for (& managed in) the UCL? At Elland Road? With a promising looking squad? *faints* #lufc— Ian McMullen (@cadillacjukebox) September 20, 2014
Milanic wears suit, plays formation of 442 (usually with wingers). We will soon see who is boss If he's in training gear & diamond #lufc— dean. (@deancore) September 20, 2014
So Darko's coming in as #lufc interim manager until we can find someone as good as Redfearn to run the academy?— Ascending Penguin (@AscendinPenguin) September 20, 2014