Maribor Director - This is why Darko Milanic struggled at Sturm Graz

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Maribor Director Zlatko Zahovic has explained why Leeds United boss Darko Milanic was unsuccessful at Sturm Graz.

Close friend of Darko Milanic, Zlatko Zahovic (Maribor Director), has explained why the new Leeds United manager’s record at Sturm Graz is far from impressive.

Milanic moves to Elland road after a less than successful spell in charge of the Austrian Bundesliga team after he won multiple pieces of silverware during his time at Maribor.

Sturm Graz finished fifth in the 2013/2014 season and have started this season poorly with only three victories in their first nine league games.

“Even Jose Mourinho wouldn’t be successful with Sturm Graz. The players are not good enough,” Zahovic is quoted by the Yorkshire Post.

The recent record is hardly inspiring for Leeds fans, who are adjusting to the fact they’re now waving goodbye to the brief and entertaining spell of Neil Redfearn as the side’s temporary manager.

It’s a worry because Leeds United is arguably a bigger football club than Sturm Graz despite the fact Leeds are in the second tier of English football trying to get back into the Premier League.

Leeds have risen to 12th in the Championship table and Milanic’s main job is to keep the momentum going and move the side up towards the play-off places.

Milanic certainly can’t be accused of not having good enough players because of the size and depth in the Leeds United squad.

It’s a fortunate position for him to be in because if certain players don’t perform, he can make changes and bring in individuals who won’t jeopardise the balance or core strength of the first team.

There is a broad range of youth and experience, which has helped players like Lewis Cook nail down a first team position despite still being at a very early age.

There is a danger of making frequent changes to the first team because that can damage the chances of consistency and prevent the side from gelling together effectively.

Leeds have a great squad and are in great shape thanks to how Redfearn has handled the team. It’s now over to the 46-year-old to push on and finish the job.

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