Ex-Bradford City star hits out at Leeds United owner's 'ludicrous' appointment

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Peter Beagrie believes the timing of Leeds appointing Darko Milanic meant he was always destined to fail.

Was Darko Milanic the right man for Leeds United, only at the wrong time?

Former Bradford City and Everton star Peter Beagrie believes the Slovenian never stood a chance, because of the timing on his appointment.

Milanic was sacked after only six games in charge without a win last week, with Neil Redfearn set to take over.

Beagrie told SkySports that Leeds should have appointed the former Sturm Graz manager sooner, or later, rather than when they did.

"The timing – or mistiming – of his appointment was questionable to many but ludicrous to me, with Massimo Cellino ignoring the first international break to secure Milanic’s services and choosing the second instead of waiting for the third.

"The implications of this was that in between caretaker boss Redfearn produced 10 points from a possible 12 and if he had been given the next three games before the third international break he could have taken renewed belief and form into games and maybe increased the points haul.

"Then, if common sense had prevailed, and Milanic was still to become boss, he would have had a clear two weeks to work with his new charges before encountering the combative division he had signed up to manage in."

It's easy to be wise after the event, but Darko Milanic still did have time during the second international break to work with his players, and it had little to no effect.

Even six games in he did not know his best side, chopping and changing each match, and even if he had been kept in a job and able to manage the next two games and work through the international break, it's doubtful there would have been a huge improvement.

We will never know, but it seemed that Milanic was just never cut out for the Championship, with players either not entirely buying into his tactics, or them simply not working. He was fortunate enough to inherit a winning team, even if it could have been a bit of a poisoned chalice due to the extra expectation created.

Taking over mid-season, not in the transfer window, is tough for any head coach, but we would be inclined to disagree with Beagrie on this one that the timing was ludicrous, or a principle reason for the manager's failure.

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