Massimo Cellino’s search for a successor to David Hockaday will end with the appointment of Darko Milanic early this week.

In an emotional press conference this morning (Sunday), Sturm Graz’s chairman appeared to be fighting back the tears as he handed Milanic a one-way ticket to Leeds and confirmed Darko’s departure.

The 46-year-old former Slovenian international enjoyed great success at Maribor where he won nine trophies in a five year spell before joining Sturm Graz, but he’ll have a tough job following Neil Redfearn at Elland Road whose caretaker spell came to an end with a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town yesterday making it 10 points from a possible 12 for Leeds’ popular Academy chief.

Speaking yesterday, Darko said Leeds is a “top club with big tradition” and that he’d never received an opportunity like this in his lifetime.

Sturm Graz’s Sporting Director meanwhile described Milanic as a “gentlemen” and said the club wouldn’t stand in the way of such a great opportunity for him.

  • Ron

    May I be the first person on here to say I have no idea if this guy is good or bad for the club.

    • spellz

      It is a tough one, I guess we have to patient and see, all we can do is wish him the best as he has a pretty good squad to work with, so there can be no excuses in the long run.

    • henrymouni

      I don’t think Massimo has either!
      But at least he is someone with a good pedigree.

  • spellz

    Well reading up on Darko’s wiki page he looks to have a real winning mentality, I hope he can match the records he has in the brutally inconsistent land of the championship, fortunately Redders has given him a head start with recent results and morale should be at a high, I wish him luck I hope he can deliver, also does anyone know how good his English is? always a factor for me I believe you should be fluent if you are managing in England.

  • todgertownwhite

    @disqus_smuPDLvsYi:disqus You will be pleased to know, he is fluent in 5 languages, that should be handy eh?

    • spellz

      As long as one of them is English :) no really that is great news, I do not understand if you cannot communicate with players how you can really get your point across, that would be a flawed appointment for me and something that is in the modern game that I just do not get, how do you create a bond, relay tactical advice or relate with someone that does not speak your language? the translator might as well be named coach, thanks for the info Todger.

      • Irving08

        Language is less important with Italian players, who receive a far better football education than those from the UK. And who knows ? – some of our lads will soon be attending Italian classes. And why not ?

        • spellz

          Agreed, after being informed the new gaffa speaks 5 different languages I do not think it will be a problem anyhow.

    • Graham

      I’ve heard Mirco Antenucci’s interview and his English is good; in fact it’s better than my mate’s English from Bradford.

      • Helen LUFC

        You’ve got mates?

        • Graham

          I do, yes Helen. I promise that I’ll use them if we go out on that date that you are so desperately after.

          Why the hostility my dear?

          Lighten up and be nice to me.

    • henrymouni

      As long as one of them is ‘English’!

  • Ev

    got to back him to the hilt and not jump on his back at the first sign of trouble……….Massimo is driving the bus and the sign on the motorway says “Premiership”, lets roll folks !

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  • Helen LUFC

    Sounds to me like a good move? Don’t know anything about him, but this is our first foreign boss, unless you count scotch people that is which we don’t, and I think he sounds promising reading up. Cellino certainly wants a more european approach. It’s good to see, even though no normal English person likes european people, because that’s where the market is for managers and players these days. All the English managers we’ve had at Leeds in the last ten years have been garbage, with Warnock’s dad’s army approach almost tipping us into league one again. At least this coach/manager has something to work with. Terry Cook, Mowatt and Byram to get played regularly together can be a good start. Confidence will be high, too, now, thans to Redferan. Make Redferan no.2 to help him? I’m happy with appointment, and good article, too, fast reporting and concise, to the point etc. not all that readers digest story stuff that Graham Smeaton rambles aimlessly on about.

    • henrymouni

      I think he is bringing his No 2 with him, Helen.

    • Graham

      Helen, you love me really. Reader’s Digest? It was Mills and Boon yesterday.

    • Alberto

      No normal English person likes European people?…. Do English like each other?

  • Irving08

    This is an excellent appointment. The old Yugoslavia was a great football school and it is has produced excellent Managers. Artistry, charm and a certain ruggedness – we’re in for a treat, I think.

    • spellz

      I hope so Irving, his record thus far speaks volumes, he looks like a professional too no real controversy surrounding him, atm it feels like no one really knows what to expect either, I hope he is a real good appointment,

  • oldschoolbaby

    As I see it Cellino is nurturing the corn harvest, managing his millions, moving house, sorting out all the toxic financial crap at Elland Road and endeavouring to make his yachting exploits look legitimate. He`s not superman. Someone else is working extremely hard on his behalf spotting talent. If Milanic is a Salerno, or whoever else is unearthing the new, promising and interesting players, idea I`m happy to see him on board

  • PMH

    At least this appointment is a reasonable one. Darko is well qualified to lead a football club. If he can work with Redfearn, Leeds should benefit.

    • henrymouni

      I’m sure he can work with Neil.
      Now Massimo is another matter!
      He will also have a good knowledge of the European football market, and may have a player or two in mind to strengthen our squad?
      A big, fast, Slovenian defender covered in tattoos!!!