Franco Foda re-appointed as Sturm Graz manager after Milanic's Leeds move

Sturm Graz have moved quickly to replace Darko Milanic, with Franco Foda re-appointed after Milanic's move to Leeds United last week.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has already made a controversial start to life at Elland Road, appointing former Forest Green Rovers boss Dave Hockaday as the club's new manager in the summer. Hockaday lasted just 70 days in the job, and whilst Neil Redfearn impressed in temporary charge of the club, Cellino went to Austria to get his new manager.

Sturm Graz boss Darko Milanic, a former Slovenian international, was appointed as the club's new boss last week after impressing in his homeland with Primorje, Gorica and Maribor before his move to Sturm Graz last summer, though his time in Austria wasn't quite as successful.

Milanic is charged with the task of finally taking Leeds back to the Premier League, but his former club are now left to pick up the pieces from his departure. Fortunately, they've managed to move quickly in order to find his replacement, and it's a familiar face for Sturm Graz fans.

German Franco Foda has been re-appointed by the club for his third stint with the Austrian side. The 48-year-old ended his playing career with Sturm Graz, making almost 100 appearances before becoming manager of Sturm Graz amateurs and then assistant manager, finally taking temporary charge in 2002.

Foda then went back to managing their amateur team until 2006, before landing the top job in 2006, managing Sturm Graz until 2012 when he finally left the club in 2012 for Kaiserslauten. Foda lasted just over a year with the German outfit before being sacked.

Out of work for around a year, Foda has now returned to Sturm Graz as Milanic's replacement - and they will be hoping that he can replace the new Leeds boss' with great effect.

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