Dave Hockaday – 70 days
Brian Clough – 44 days
Darko Milanic – 32 days
You really do have to feel sorry for Darko Milanic and the way that he has been treated by Leeds United over the course of 32 days and 6 games in charge. What we learned about Darko Milanic may be very little; what we learned about Massimo Cellino is much, much more.
Milanic’s appointment had a flurry of fans rushing for Wikipedia to search for him. Manager at Maribor in Slovenia, winning Championships, managing a team in the Champions League etc then getting a job at Sturm Graz all leads to a pretty decent resume with which to approach prospective employers. Not so at Leeds; to manage here you need a suit hewn from darkest obsidian and with the faeces-deflecting qualities of Teflon mixed with the fire-resistant qualities of asbestos. Why? Well when the fan’s turned up to full, the faeces is flying and you are under fire then that suit is your only protection from the messy fallout.
6 games is all it took to sack, sorry ‘part company with‘, Leeds United’s second manager of the season. 3 draws (0-0 vs Reading, 1-1 vs Sheffield Wednesday, 0-0 vs Norwich) and 3 losses (2-0 vs Brentford, 2-1 vs Rotherham, 2-1 vs Wolves) and a return of a mere 3 points from 18 was Darko’s downfall. The search for Leeds’ 3rd, yes 3rd, manager of the season seems to have already been sorted and, according to Radio Leeds’ Leeds pundit Adam Pope’s Twitter feed…it’s Neil Redfearn at the helm. One thing’s for certain, Redfearn had better perform like he did in his first spell in between Hockaday and Milanic (3 wins and 1 draw in 4 games – 10 points from 12 available) or else show some other miraculous qualities or he, himself, will be ready for Cellino’s axe.
The question that I have is this; should Redfearn, after a bad stream of results, prod Cellino’s impatience button and get sacked/parted company with…who will want to manage Leeds United – big club or not.
Cellino’s ‘recruitment and retention’ policy reminds me of the tale from whence the definition of the word decimation comes from. The Roman Army of old used to punish capital offences, such as desertion or mutiny, by having groups of 10 soldiers choose lots; the 10th soldier dying at the hands of his colleagues. Now it is generally taken to mean ‘the removal of a part of something by ruthless means’.
Doesn’t that simply sum up the way that Cellino goes about his business up in LS11.