Leeds United looks set to appoint a Slovenian coach as their replacement for Dave Hockaday, who was sacked after just six games in charge. The club have revived their form under the stewardship of Neil Redfearn, but it is widely expected that Darko Milanic will be confirmed as the club’s new coach in the next few days. The 46-year-old is known for representing Slovenia to the international level. He played at the Euro 2000 and has been a manager since 2004. He has managed looks like Maribor in the past, but he is currently in charge of Sturm Graz.
Leeds United are thought to have accepted compensation with Sturm Graz for the manager. As part of the deal, Leeds United will also be offering Milanic’s current assistant, Novica Nikčevič, a role at the club. If the deal is finalised quickly, then Milanic may be taking charge of the weekend’s match against Brentford. Leeds are without a defeat in the last four matches and they have just to drop two points during this period. Hence, Milanic will be straightaway coming into a team that is looking to be on song, which will help him settle better. Leeds maybe 13th in the table, but they are only two points behind the play-off places that seems to be the key for the club right now.
“It was not an easy decision to go. I really wanted to stay here longer. Sturm is my club and here I experienced great times as a player and a coach. I won new friends. But then an offer came from a different league, from another world. This is a tremendous opportunity that I had to accept simply because who knows when such an offer will come again?” said Milanic after revealing the offer from Championship outfit Leeds United.