All signs from Austria suggest that Darko Milanic is set to become the new full-time manager of Leeds United.
Darko Milanic seems to be edging closer to becoming the new manager of Leeds United. The 46-year-old is still in charge of Austrian club Sturm Graz, but it appears that he will leave in the coming days.
Sturm’s sporting director Gerhard Goldbrich has pretty much made it clear that Milanic is set to depart following the team’s 1-0 victory over SV Ried on Saturday.
‘Darko is a gentleman and we won’t ruin this opportunity for him’, Insidefutbol quotes Goldbrich as telling Sportnet. ‘I am very sorry that he is about to leave’.
Milanic himself has revealed that he has been approached by Leeds and is quoted as saying: ‘I have received an offer from Leeds United. I have never received an opportunity like this in my career. It’s a top club with big traditions, of course. But it’s not yet done so it is difficult to say anything’.
The Guardian claims that Sturm confirmed Leeds's offer on their official Facebook page before their match against Ried.
‘Darko Milanic has received an offer from Leeds’, read a statement. ‘Sturm have also been presented with a request from England. But now we concentrate fully on the game. We will say more tomorrow’.
Leeds have yet to make a statement on the matter, but given how things are progressing in Austria, it does look very likely that Milanic will become the Championship club’s new full-time manager if he can agree on the finer details.
The former Slovenia international defender has been in charge of Sturm since June 2013. Milanic led them to a fifth-place finish in the Austrian Bundesliga in 2013-14, but prior to that he had won the Slovenian league title four times with Maribor.