It has emerged that former Leeds United boss, Darko Milanic, has not been sacked by owner, Massimo Cellino, and is in fact currently on paid leave.
Milanic now has the pleasure of being known as the manager who only lasted 32 days, the shortest time in Leeds United history. Even BBC Look North got in on the act, stating that Leeds United had “given new meaning to the term ‘manager of the month'”.
Milanic had only been in charge 6 games, but failed to win any of them. He was dismissed after Leeds’ game at home to Wolves, a game that they had been winning, but eventually lost 2-1.
In a short statement regarding Milanic’s departure, Cellino stated:
“I want to apologise to the supporters, they deserve better results.”
However, the controversial tale doesn’t end there. In an interview with Radio Slovenija, Milanic said:
“My contract was not terminated, I’m on paid leave, […]. During this time I must be ready all the time to once again take over the team, if requested by the owner.”
On Leeds’ form during his reign, he said:
“In six games I made a big step forward. It is true that we have had bad results, but we should win more points, we played better than results show. […] Just before my last match I could hear praises from all side how compact Leeds is now, how the situation is improving.”
Milanic commented on his decision to join Leeds United, saying:
“Despite everything I do not believe I made a mistake by joining Leeds. […] I just wish that somebody would believe in me. Sometimes manager just need some support.”