Leeds United manager Darko Milanic has hinted he can now start playing beautiful football at Elland Road.
Darko Milanic is the new Leeds United manager and he’s eager to get on with the job in hand at Elland Road.
The 46-year-old wasted no time in taking his first training session yesterday and has revealed the sort of football that Leeds fans can look forward to.
“When I arrived at Graz I had an idea. But because of the pressure I went for results not beautiful football,” he told the Austrian press.
The pressure at Leeds is still going to be great because owner Massimo Cellino is eager for a return to the Premier League.
However, the Championship season is longer than what Milanic has previously been used to which gives him more time to get Leeds playing an attractive brand of football.
He stands a great chance of having an instant impact because of the momentum which has been created by Neil Redfearn.
Redfearn slips back into his role as head of Leeds’ academy but he’s well placed to offer Milanic advice on the strengths and qualities of the current crop of first team stars.
Milanic’s first job is to get to know his players over the course of this week leading up to the game against Brentford this weekend.
He should have a good idea already of the sort of eleven he’s going to field for the game based on watching Leeds in their games under Redfearn and also from reports from the ex-caretaker boss himself.
His best approach this week in the quest for beautiful football could be to keep things simple and not try to change too much from the way Leeds have been playing; after all, three wins and one draw isn’t a bad run over their last four games.
It would be dangerous to start making major tactical changes to the way the team and individuals have been playing.
That could create confusion in the team, contradicting the way they have recently been told to play, as the cliché goes; if it’s not broken, don’t try and fix it.
Leeds’ stats this season suggest there is need for improvement in a number of areas but instant changes by Milanic are unlikely. Slowly over the course of the season, fans should see the beautiful football he’s hinted about develop.