Was this the moment that proved Darko Milanic's Leeds reign was doomed from the start?

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Massimo Cellino sacked the Slovenian after just 32 days in charge on Saturday.

Darko Milanic's sacking was greeted with shock in the footballing world.

Not so much shock that Massimo Cellino had sacked a Leeds manager after 32 days. But perhaps shock that the Italian had sacked a Leeds manager after such a short time period yet again.

When Neil Redfearn was caretaker boss of Leeds United and picking up points with ease, Cellino overlooked the 49-year-old and instead hired Milanic.

But were the Leeds owner's comments when he hired him proof that this was an appointment that was never going to last?

“Yes, we agreed a two-year deal,” Cellino told Sky Sports News. “He’s just arrived today. We’ve been waiting for him about 15 days. I don’t know [why I’ve chosen him]. The coaches are like watermelons. You find out about them when you open them. His particularly qualities? He’s good-looking, what can I tell you?"

Indeed! It appears there was not much at all Cellino could tell us about the Slovenian.

In his defence, he did go on to elaborate...

“He was a very good counterattacking defender with Partizan Belgrade and Sturm Graz, and a good coach with Maribor for four years and took the club to the Champions League and Europa League, and he made it good as player and coach and he likes the Premier League."

But a brief synopsis of his playing career? That's research you can find from Wikipedia.

It appears the decision to appoint Milanic came out of the blue and was the subject of impulse and very little research. And, if Cellino couldn't name a single good quality about the 46-year-old when he hired him, there should really be no surprise at all that he has been sacked 32 days later.

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