Leeds United appoint Darko Milanič as new head coach

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Leeds United have appointed Darko Milanič as new head coach on Tuesday, their eighth manager since February 2012.

The Slovenian put pen to paper and signed a two-year contract with the Championship side.

The 46-year-old manager will make his debut with the club in Saturday's match away to Brentford, 

“I’m very motivated and excited about my new job", Milanič told Leeds' official website.

“This is a very special thing for me to be the head coach of such a big club with great tradition and great fans.

“For me this is a great opportunity to improve myself and also the team.

Previous success

Milanič has been successful so far in his management career throughout the past six years.

He enjoyed winning nine trophies with Slovenian side Maribor between 2008 and 2013 and most recently he managed to maintain Sturm Graz in mid-table last season in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Sturm president Christian Jauk, speaking directly Milanic said: "It will be no easy task for you at Leeds, but it was also not one with us, so you are well prepared."

New adventure

Leeds' chairman Massimo Cellino sacked former coach Dave Hockaday on August 28 after a poor start in to the season, as the club lost three of their first-four Championship fixture including a 4-1 trash against Watford.

However, during his interim month - after naming himself caretaker for three weeks - Cellino succeed to take eight points in a possible 15 that allowed Leeds to currently stand 12 in the Championship table.


Now, it will take a bit of time the Slovenian to settle his strategy but if he brings the club back in the top 10 of the League table, then it will be a first success as Leeds did not mange to do so since their fine 2010-2011 campaign.

Milanič added: “Leeds is one of the most traditional clubs in England and they have had great players in their history.

“Leeds have won titles and enjoyed good times in the Champions League.”

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