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Ex-Leeds star's message for Milanic - This is what you need to do

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan says Darko Milanic shouldn't try and change too much ahead of his first game.

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has a message for Darko Milanic head of his first game in charge of the team against Brentford; do nothing.

Milanic was unveiled as the next Leeds United manager earlier in the week and the former Whites forward has suggested there is enough momentum in the side which was created by ex-caretaker boss Neil Redfearn.

“This isn’t the time to rock the boat - Normally a job comes up because players are struggling and the manager’s been sacked. The next coach gets the mess to deal with,” Whelan told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“The players were so dominant against Huddersfield and that’s the best Leeds have played for longer than I can remember - These are good times at the moment. Milanic will feel that. I don’t see him rocking the boat.”

Redfearn’s temporary reign at Leeds covered four games, which helped the Elland Road side to get back on track after a difficult start to the season under David Hockaday.

Leeds won three games, drawing the other during Redfearn’s spell in charge and Milanic has already hinted that he’s likely to leave the side how it is ahead of the Brentford game, rather than making big changes.

“I won’t make any big changes,” he told a Slovenian newspaper according to the YEP.

It’s also difficult for Milanic to make big changes to the team because he’ll still be getting to know his new squad.

He can’t make judgements on certain players not being good enough for the side because he’s not had the chance to see them up close and in action in pressure situations.

Leeds have made a slightly better start to the season than newly promoted Brentford who linger two positions below them in the Championship table.

Leeds will be well supported this weekend, as they always are, and the boss should be confident that he can keep the run of form going with Redfearn well placed in the dugout to offer any assistance or advice.

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