Former Leeds United player Jonathan Douglas suggests his old club got it wrong when they appointed Darko Milanic as manager.
Former Leeds United star Jonathan Douglas has suggested that his former employers made the wrong call when they appointed Darko Milanic as first team boss.
Douglas had the opportunity to face Leeds under Milanic for his current side Brentford over the weekend, with the Bees running out 2-0 winners.
It’s clear that Douglas, who left Leeds in 2009, thinks ex-caretaker boss Neil Redfearn should have been the man given the permanent job at Elland Road.
“It's sad to see them in a difficult period. When I was there we were in administration but the fans keep coming out. They're a great club with a great fanbase,” said Douglas.
“I know Neil Redfearn. He was with the academy when I was there. He's a good coach and was probably looking to stay involved with the first team. I think the lads were looking for that but it wasn't to be.”
Redfearn’s record in the four games he was in charge of Leeds was fantastic; three wins and a draw helping the side rise up the table towards the top half.
However, the momentum wasn’t able to continue with Milanic’s first game as Brentford put Leeds to the sword and punished them in several areas.
“Performances proved that he was unlucky. They picked up 10 points out of 12 but the owner has gone down a different route.”
Leeds need to pick themselves up from the defeat quickly because they have a game at home against Reading, where Milanic really needs a win to stop doubt from creeping back into the side.
It won’t be easy but Leeds can take advantage of a leaky Reading defence, which has conceded more than the Whites this season despite the difference in league position between the two teams.
Milanic confirmed last week at his first press conference at the club that Redfearn will be present around the first team and in the dugout on match days and it’s time for ‘Redders’ to step up and earn his keep, preventing the heads from dropping.