Was Leeds' appointment of Darko Milanic the worst decision of 2014?
Going into 2015, Leeds United are one point off the Championship relegation zone.
A number of factors have contributed to a remarkable downfall - and no one decision could prevent Leeds from their current struggles.
Managerial appointments in 2014 certainly didn’t help the Yorkshire side, however, and one in particular proved absolutely disastrous at Elland Road.
Indeed, Massimo Cellino’s decision to hire Darko Milanic hit Leeds hard and is arguably the worst individual appointment of the calendar year - from any club.
Leeds are still suffering as a result of the momentum lost after they hired the Slovenian and things might have been very different - at least not this bad - had the miserable Milanic era never taken place.
For Neil Redfearn was doing a fine job as caretaker manager; had Cellino done the obvious thing and given him the job, Leeds may be in the top half or at least mid-table now as a result of the extra points they have missed out on over that fateful 32-day period.
Instead, Cellino hired Milanic, apparently for no reason whatsoever other than the fact the Italian deemed him ‘good-looking.’ He then hired Redfearn anyway - but only after a winless run drained the young Leeds squad of any existing confidence. Now, reports suggest he may even sack Redfearn…
And yet there is the argument that the Milanic appointment might not even be Cellino’s most bizarre decision of 2014. Indeed, were there a shortlist for the year’s worst managerial appointments, Leeds would be on there twice - as we all know how hiring Dave Hockaday also worked out for the Yorkshire side…