Leeds United manager Darko Milanic has held his first press conference since taking charge of the side.
New Leeds United manager Darko Milanic has confirmed he’s focused on this weekend’s game against Brentford after becoming the club’s new manager, revealing that he’s already talked to Neil Redfearn to learn about his new players.
“My first challenge is Saturday's match. People in Europe say the Championship is very difficult. Yesterday I talked with him (Neil Redfearn) and if I want to know something about the team or players, I'll speak to him,” said Milanic.
"I want to play with good ball possession and be dangerous."
Milanic also confirmed that Neil Redfearn would be in the dugout with him for up and coming games, in news that will delight supporters of the academy chief.
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He has praised the club after signing a contract to become the next coach but has admitted he was surprised when the Whites came calling.
“I know this is a very big club, a very traditional club with great supporters. They have very good quality in the team.”
"I was totally concentrated on my job at Sturn Graz and when Nicola Salerno contacted me I was surprised."
Milanic was also reluctant to address the question of whether he could guide Leeds into the Premier League, perhaps because of the pressure attached.
“I have to improve the team in a lot of segments and I will try to do my best (to take them back into Premier League).”
“I have no time scale. I have to do a great job as soon as possible.”
"He (Cellino) told me my job is to make the squad better and be prepared to play in the Premier League."
Milanic was also asked whether he was concerned about his job security considering owner Massimo Cellino sacked David Hockaday after just 70 days in charge of the team.
“Our job at risk every game, I have to do my best.”
“I like the fans to come in the stadium and have fun but there must be order on the pitch.”
Milanic has happily admitted that the level of the players he's already experienced at the club exceeds his previous spells in Austria and Slovenia but he was reluctant to talk about transfer plans.
"The quality here is two or three levels better (than Austria and Slovenia)."
"This is the job for the director and President, not mine (To decide a transfer kitty)."