Leeds United's Stephen Warnock comments on managerial change

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Stephen Warnock has spoken for the first time about the latest managerial change at Leeds United.

Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock has admitted his shock at Darko Milanic's sudden dismissal.

The Slovenian manager was axed after the weekend's 2-1 defeat to Wolves, the sixth and last game he had managed without a victory.

Warnock, speaking to Leeds United TV on Tuesday, gave his reaction to the firing, for the first time.

"I think it's a surprise to everyone the way it's unfolded. We knew the results hadn't been going too well, but I think whenever a manager comes in there's a sort of transitional period where results don't go the way they should, but the chairman's decided to change it and we have to get on with it now."

The left-back went onto discuss new head coach Neil Redfearn, and how the familiarity with him will help the players.

"I think he's got the respect of the chairman, and respect of the players, we've worked under him quite a few times, the lads who have been here a while, and we enjoy working for him.

"Hopefully he can get the best out of the team and turn things around the right way now."

Warnock had a difficult spell under Milanic, like many players, in and out of the side with the manager unable to settle on his preferred line-up.

The 32-year-old started three of the six games under the Slovenian, losing every one. The three games he was left out, Leeds drew, but under Neil Redfearn he was more successful, playing all four games as Leeds picked up 10 points from a possible 12.

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