Leeds get the flak but fellow Championship club Watford deserve equal scrutiny

Watford Vicarage Road

Leeds United have taken plenty of criticism, but Watford are in the same boat.

Two former Partizan Belgrade teammates have been appointed in charge of Championship clubs in the past month, Slovenian duo Darko Milanic and Sinisa Jokanovic.

Milanic took over at Leeds, their second permanent boss of the season, third if counting caretaker manager Neil Redfearn.

Jokanovic meanwhile is Watford's fourth manager, and it has only just turned October.

It has been Leeds however who have taken the brunt of the criticism. If it isn't The Guardian or The Mail running full-page spreads on owner Massimo Cellino, then ex-players have been chiming in.

Former Manchester United player Phil Neville, took it upon himself to publicly slam Leeds' decision to appoint now former Sturm Graz coach Milanic.

Neville told BBC 5 Live at the time: "I think it's a disgrace that they've gone to Slovenia, Leeds United, and brought back a lad, Milanic; I've never heard of him.

"They've got somebody with the quality and the experience [in Redfearn], and who knows what the club's all about, and if they are a club that want to bring through their own players…well this lad's been doing it for the last however many number of years.

"It just seems a stupid appointment to me."

So far, Neville has been silent on Watford's decision to appoint Jokanovic, with Billy McKinlay departing the club after only two games in charge.

It's not that Leeds or Watford are right, or wrong, or that one is better or more out of line than the other. It's simply that just like referees, papers and pundits need to show a little consistency, and not just jump on a bandwagon to slam one club, simply because they feel like it or consider it trendy to do so, when there are other teams who deserve equal or arguably more scrutiny.

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