Leeds United have confirmed their starting eleven for the clash against Reading in the Championship tonight, as reported by the club’s official Twitter account.
Having fallen to a 2-0 loss against Brentford at the weekend, Darko Milanic is looking to kickstart his reign at the Elland Road club with a victory against Nigel Adkins’ Reading side.
The former Southampton boss was heavily linked with a switch to Leeds prior to the appointment of Brian McDermott, although that never came to fruition.
Since then, Leeds have seen two managers sacked, with Milanic having taken over the job from caretaker boss Neil Redfearn only last week.
Redfearn led the Whites to an undefeated four game spell, winning three of the games in his tenure.
A win at home against Bolton was followed by an away draw against Birmingham City, before a pair of victories against Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town, the last of which Leeds won by a staggering three goal margin.
The line up is as follows:
@LUFC: Team news vs Reading: Silvestri, Byram, Bellusci, Pearce, Cooper, Cook, Bianchi, Mowatt, Sloth, Antentucci, Doukara #lufc
New Leeds United head coach Darko Milanic has confirmed a role for Neil Redfearn in his new setup, as reported by West Yorkshire Sport on BBC Radio Leeds.
The now former Caretaker boss will take up a position in the dugout during games, mirroring the role he played under former manager of the club Brian McDermott.
Redfearn impressed significantly during his recent spell on the touchline with the first team, going undefeated over a four game spell.
Within that run, he won three of his games. A victory against Bolton Wanderers prior to the international break saw him start off well.
This was followed up with a draw against Birmingham City away from home.
From there, Leeds managed an unexpected 3-1 win against Bournemouth on the south coast, with the time hitting full fluidity.
They then romped to a 3-0 win against local rivals Huddersfield Town at Elland Road, with Rudy Austin, Mirko Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara all scoring.
This impressive run will have contributed to Redfearn’s new role, something Massimo Cellino seemed to demand in an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post.
New Leeds United head coach Darko Milanic has declared that the current team has “very good quality”.
He is, however, convinced that the squad requires improvement in other regards to achieve his goals for the season.
The Serbian manager is being introduced to the press after signing a two year deal with the Yorkshire club yesterday, to replace former head coach Dave Hockaday.
Hockaday was sacked after an unsuccessful spell in charge of the club, which saw him win only one game in the league and lose to local rivals Bradford City in the League Cup.
Milanic is regarded as a talented coach, and won the Slovenian treble with Maribor before moving to join Sturm Graz.
His time in the Austrian Bundesliga has been less successful, and Milanic negotiated himself out of his contract in order to move to Leeds.
He and his assistant manager spoke to the press at Elland Road, with Massimo Cellino conspicuous by his absence – the Italian took a key role talking when Hockaday was introduced.
Milanic was happy about the state of his squad, having overseen training yesterday, but believes he needs to improve it.
He said: “I know that this is a very big, traditional club with great supporters. They have good quality in the team.
“I have to improve the team in a lot of segments and I will try to do my best.”