'Had to do it' - Cellino ignored pleas to give Milanic time

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says he had no choice but to sack Darko Milanic.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says he had no choice other than to fire former head coach Darko Milanic.

Milanic was given his marching orders over the weekend as Leeds fell to defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road, which has paved the way for Neil Redfearn to take up the job.

“I’d heard good things about Milanic. He had a good record, he looked like a good coach. He was the coach I wanted,” said Cellino.

“On Saturday how can the team play well in the first half and be so bad in the second? The coach did nothing about it.”

“Some people said to me ‘give him one more game’ but we are going down the league. I had to do it.”

Milanic went through his brief 32-day reign at the club without a victory and the hope will now be that Redfearn can get the side playing the exciting and attacking football they displayed when he was caretaker before Milanic’s appointment.

The performance against Wolves over the weekend was mixed and the worry will now be that yet again, the players have to readjust in terms of playing style, although they have played for Redfearn already this season.

Cellino has since been criticised for not giving Milanic more of a chance, which shows the pressure Redfearn will be under should he sign a contract to become head coach.

That’s reportedly one of the reasons Redfearn wants the assurance of protection before he takes up the new role, as there will be a fear that he could be sacked from all roles at the club with a negative run of results.

Cellino and the club have confirmed that Redfearn is taking training today, with the focus on putting another digit in the wins column when the side travels to Cardiff City this weekend.

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