Leeds United midfielder explains his new role under Darko Milanic's instructions

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United midfielder Casper Sloth played further forward against Reading on Wednesday, but said he felt fairly comfortable there.

After the Dave Hockaday era ended predictably quickly, Massimo Cellino was left with a big decision to make. The Italian had appointed Hockaday despite him failing at Forest Green Rovers, and it was painfully obvious within the first few weeks of his reign that he wasn't cut out to manage a club like Leeds United.

Lasting just 70 days, Hockaday's reign at Elland Road will only ever be mentioned again in reference to Brian Clough's even shorter yet more acrimonious stint in charge of Leeds. After his first appointment failed miserably, Cellino may have been inclined to make a much safer appointment - yet instead, he went with the previously unheard of Darko Milanic.

A former Slovenia international, Milanic started his managerial career in his homeland with Primorje, Gorica and finally Maribor, before his exploits there earned him a move back to Sturm Graz in Austria - a club he played almost 200 times for during his playing career.

His first game in charge ended in a 2-0 defeat to Brentford, but Wednesday marked his first ever game in the Elland Road dugout. The growing pains of the Milanic era were there for all to see as the Whites played out a 0-0 draw with Reading, and the 46-year-old will continue to try new things as he gets to know his new players.

He did just that against Reading, pushing Danish midfielder Casper Sloth further forward, playing in the hole behind Souleymane Doukara and Mirko Antenucci in the Leeds attack. Despite him not really playing that role for Leeds yet, Sloth said he felt he did well after Milanic decided to deploy him there.

"It was not a wildly unusual role for me", Sloth explained to Danish newspaper Bold. "The manager just got here, so I do not know how well he knows me and the other players. I like to get the ball in the gap and move the game forward on the field – and it went fine."

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