Ex-Manchester United defender slams Cellino's 'disgraceful' Milanic appointment

Elland Road pitchside

Former Manchester United defender and coach Phil Neville says Leeds United's impending appointment of Darko Milanic is 'a disgrace'.

Leeds United's flamboyant owner Massimo Cellino has already made one big error by appointing former Forest Green Rovers boss Dave Hockaday as the club's new manager despite having none of the required credentials to manage a club of Leeds' size.

Hockaday unsurprisingly lasted only 70 days in the Elland Road hotseat, leaving Leeds to look for a new manager. The likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Alejandro Sabella and Simon Grayson have all been linked with returns to the club after spells as a player or manager, but Cellino appears to have found his man.

Reports suggest that Sturm Graz manager Darko Milanic is set to arrive in West Yorkshire ahead of being appointed as the club's new manager on Tuesday. The Slovenian is far from a household name in English football, and that has led to former Manchester United defender Phil Neville slamming Cellino's decision to appoint Milanic instead of caretaker manager Neil Redfearn.

"He deserves the job to be fair", Neville said on Redfearn. "I think it's a disgrace that they've gone to Slovenia, Leeds United, and brought back a lad, Milanic; I've never heard of him."

"They've got somebody with the quality and the experience [in Redfearn], and who knows what the club's all about, and if they are a club that want to bring through their own players…well this lad's been doing it for the last however many number of years", Neville added, "It just seems a stupid appointment to me."

Well, Neville is already wrong on one point; Leeds got Milanic from Austria, not his native Slovenia, where he did actually impress with Maribor. After failing with the Hockaday appointment, Cellino needs his next manager to succeed - and after Redfearn's success in temporary charge of the team, Milanic is a huge gamble that must pay off for fans to continue supporting the Cellino era.

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