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Leeds players 'regretted' Darko Milanic exit

Leeds player regretted the bad results which led to the exit of Darko Milanic.

It is almost a week since Darko Milanic was ruthlessly dismissed as Leeds United boss after six games without a win.

Players and fans are gearing up for life under Neil Redfearn, who had success early in the season as caretaker manager.

Despite the enthusiasm at getting back to work under Redfearn, Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli claims to have spoken to players who were disappointed at the way it worked out under the Slovenian.

He told Radio Yorkshire: "There is some regret. There is always regret with the players, there was a good feeling between the players and Darko Milanic.

"They knew he was a very experienced trainer, who knew very well his tactics. He was a good teacher for players, but at same time the players understand that he didn't reach the results they expect.

"The week after matches they told me they found they always started playing well but in second half something happened, they always collapsed. They lost a lot of matches in second half, there was something wrong."

The players are right to have regret, because the failure to make it work does not reflect well on them. Milanic is a manager who has won trophies in his homeland, and as much as he failed to adapt to the Championship, the players also struggled with his system.

For both it was a missed opportunity, for they could have learned a lot, and as they were beginning to, the rug was pulled from under their feet.

The Championship is an unforgiving league, and Redfearn will be better suited for it, but certainly, fans should not be pleased about how it panned out, and their regret will only spur them on to make amends. If they fail to under Redfearn, it won't just be the manager under scrutiny, the spotlight will turn to the players too.

He added: "Neil is one of the family so they are very confident Neil Redfearn can start again from where he stopped, so they are very positive he can do well."

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