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Milanic explains why English football is better than Austrian and Slovenian, praises atmosphere

Leeds United manager Darko Milanic made his name as a manager in Austria and Slovenia, but says the Championship is a higher standard.

Leeds United's time under Massimo Cellino's ownership has been predictably eventful, with the Italian making the bizarre decision to appoint former Forest Green Rovers boss Dave Hockaday as the club's new manager in the summer. Hockaday predictably lasted only 70 days in charge of the Whites, leaving Cellino to appoint another new manager just a month into the new season.

Caretaker manager Neil Redfearn did a great job in temporary charge of the team, but Cellino chose not to hand the permanent job to Redfearn, instead going to Austria to get his new man. Sturm Graz manager Darko Milanic was chosen as the new man to take the Elland Road hot seat, and his reign has started with a 2-0 defeat to Brentford and a 0-0 draw with Reading.

The game against Reading was the Slovenian's first game in charge at Elland Road, and after the game, Milanic admitted that Championship football is of a higher standard to that of Slovenia, where he managed Primorje, Gorica and Maribor, and Austria, where he was manager of Sturm Graz.

"It's better [than the Austrian Bundesliga]. There are better players here. There is also a better atmosphere here, it's more dynamic here", he said.

"If I compare Slovenian football with the Championship, there is a lot of difference. But if I compare, Maribor play very well in Europe, that means they are also extremely good. The [Slovenian] championship is bad, but the team is very good."

Milanic impressed in Slovenia, but had a much tougher time in Austira. His assertion that Championship football is better than both will pose questions over how successful he will be in English football, but only time will tell on that front. 

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