Leeds United sack Darko Milanic after six games

Published Add your comment

Football News

We all knew Massimo Cellino, chairman of Leeds United, was a little bit crazy.

When Rotherham United took on Leeds last Friday night, he refused to attend the match, as he believes the number 17 (the date was the October 17th) to be unlucky.

Questions were raised at the time about how he passed the fit and proper persons test, as he has an extensive criminal record - including fraud in relation to football at a former club.

But today - after just six games in charge - it's been announced that Darko Milanic has been sacked as manager of Leeds. It's the latest in a long line of chaotic moments taking place at Elland Road.

They had struggled in places during his reign, only picking up three points from a maximum 18. However, they had some tricky fixtures in that run, and it's interesting that he was only let go on Saturday following a one goal loss to Wolves.

Related Articles

Many fans had criticised Milanic for his defensive approach, which has left Leeds in 18th place in the Championship table, just 5 points above the relegation zone.

Coming from a foreign country where the style of play is completely different, he needed time to adjust to the game and get his tactics and line-up sorted. Instead, he's been sacked before he's even had time to tinker slightly with them.

No surprise

The way the season's gone, it comes as no surprise. Huddersfield sacked Mark Robbins after the very first game of the season following a 4-0 loss to Bournemouth. Watford, incredibly, had four different managers over six games - despite being in the top two. If the club do win the 'Manager of the Month' award, which of the group does it go to?

Football right now is a cut-throat industry - but it's the clubs themselves that are getting cut every time a manager is sacked.

It used to be the standard expectation that a manager needed time to settle in to a new role, and the club and fans would be patient during a period of transition. In the modern game, any manager who finds himself losing his first two games faces his job being in jeopardy.

Patience required

When a new player is brought into a club, he's still given patience and a chance to learn before showing what he can do. The manager's job is much harder - so why are they suddenly being booted out if they don't perform miracles before they've even moved into the area?

How hard can a player really be motivated if he sees a new face introducing himself and giving out orders - a completely new set of orders - every few weeks? Where's the motivation for a manager to be adventurous and try something he thinks will work, when if he plays boring defensive football he knows he'll likely still have a job when he wakes up the next morning.

Clubs want results. That's fine. But constantly sacking managers isn't the solution. It's the problem.

Leeds United

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again