Championship side Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of former Slovenian international Darko Milanic as their new head coach.
He left his post at Austrian side Sturm Graz this past weekend to make himself available to take the helm at the Yorkshire club, and yesterday spoke for the first time about his appointment.
Speaking to the club's official website, Milanic said, “I’m very motivated and excited about my new job. 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. 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."
Milanic replaced David Hockaday, who was sacked earlier this month after a poor start to the season. But the club have won three of their last four games, and Milanic says that he hopes he can keep that form going.
“I have seen some games this season,” he said. “I’m looking forward to spending time with the players in training. I know that the team is now in a good shape and this is a very good moment for the team."
"After my first training session and first game I will know everyone better. My first job is to get to know each player individually. I will talk with my team about Saturday’s opponents."
“I know that it will be very tough but the team has to move forward. The team needs to continue the form like the last few games.”
He will become the third permanent head coach of the club since Italian Massimo Cellino took over in April, with Brian McDermott leaving in May, before Hockaday's six game stint was cut short earlier this season.