Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook believes that Darko Milanic is a ‘great coach’.

After failing to win any of his first six games, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino decided to sack manager Darko Milanic – despite just 32 days in the job.

Controversial Italian Cellino earned a reputation for sacking managers during his time with Cagliari in Serie A, and he’s certainly brought that to West Yorkshire with him so far.

After dispatching of Brian McDermott in the summer, Cellino made the bizarre decision to appoint David Hockaday as the club’s new manager, though the ex-Forest Green Rovers boss lasted just 70 days before being sacked.

Hockaday’s replacement was yet another gamble from Cellino, as he moved to bring Sturm Graz’s Milanic to Elland Road, despite him being a relative unknown in English football.

And after losing three and drawing three of his first six games, Cellino made the decision to sack Milanic after only a month in the job, slamming the Slovenian’s ‘losing mentality’.

The decision came after Leeds lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at home, but with questions over Milanic’s future, midfielder Lewis Cook actually backed the 46-year-old – well before he would have found out that his manager had been sacked.

“Yes, we’re right behind him, 100 per cent,” said Cook. “He’s a great coach, he’s got good training and good ideas which we understand as a team.”

It just goes to show that the Leeds players may have been behind Milanic, but Cellino wasn’t, and he wasn’t prepared to wait around whilst his team struggled.

In his place will come Neil Redfearn, the caretaker boss after Hockaday’s departure, and the manager who gave 17-year-old Cook his first league start for the club – which could see him play an even bigger role moving forward.

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