FOLLOW LOCAL CULTURE, DARKO, AND LOOK AFTER ‘THISSEN’
TAKE a look at the list of Leeds United managers stretching back to the Twenties and you’ll only find one from outside the UK – David O’Leary – so the arrival of Darko Milanic from Slovenia represents a huge departure.
Darko may have a few problems with the locals when they shout: “Aye up, lad,” at the new arrival, but he’ll be no more confused than the new owner, Massimo Cellino, when it comes to choosing managers.
This is the club that can boast in its history managers of the stature of Don Revie, Jock Stein and George Graham, so forgive the scepticism about a man whose experience of the English game is, well, zilch.
Cellino has a hire-and-fire record second to none, so Milanic should delay buying a house in Leeds. He could be gone before the mortgage comes through.
It was frightening to hear Cellino’s reasons for appointing the Slovenian.
He called him a “cool guy”, and added: “I don’t know why I’ve chosen him.The coaches are like water melons.You find out about them when you open them.
“His particular qualities? Well, he’s good looking. What can I tell you? ”Well, I can tell you this. Poor Darko should hesitate to get his feet under the table and I refer him to another Yorkshire saying:
“Ear all, see all, say nowt. Eat all, sup all, pay nowt. And if ever thou does owt fer nowt, allus do it fer thissen.”