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Ritchie - The international break allows Milanic to achieve this

Former Leeds United player Andy Ritchie says the international break has come at a good time for Leeds.

Former Leeds United star Andy Ritchie has suggested that the international break has come at a difficult time for first team boss Darko Milanic.

Milanic has slowly been making progress with the team as two draws followed a poor away performance against Brentford in his first game in charge.

Ritchie says at the same time the international break allows him to get his ideas across, it also makes it difficult because of the momentum the team had just been starting to create.

“Looking at things, I think the international break has come at a decent time for Darko to get his ideas across at Thorp Arch, but equally he will have been buoyed by what he saw last weekend,” wrote Ritchie for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Sometimes, when you have played well, breaks are a bit of a double-edged sword. But I think if you pushed Darko, he would have taken the break and it gives him that time with his players to stamp his own ethos.”

“When he was asked after the game last weekend if he was closer to his first-choice 11 and he said no. He was just being truthful there. He needs time.”

Leeds are unbeaten in two games and well placed to push up the table and towards the play-off places when they face Rotherham United in front of the TV cameras next Friday night.

The gap will certainly allow Milanic to get to know his squad a little better and it would have also given him the opportunity to watch the youngsters in display earlier this week in the under-21 Premier League Cup win against Doncaster Rovers.

He said when he was unveiled as the new head coach at Leeds that he wasn’t going to try and change too much.

He’s now had three matches to see how his squad player and have taken to his ideas and he’s now been given a gap of time to develop those ideas further with players who aren’t away on international duty.

Milanic is an experienced coach and not naïve enough to see the break as a problem.

He’s still searching for his first win in charge of the side and one way he can get closer to achieving that is by pushing on and trying to maintain the momentum ahead of next Friday.

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