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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Premier Legue the target for new manager Milanic

Massimo Cellino. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire
Massimo Cellino. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

New Leeds head coach Darko Milanic wants to fulfil the fans' dreams of taking the club back to the Premier League, and insists he does not fear the chop from owner Massimo Cellino, writes Martyn Ziegler.

Milanic, a 46-year-old who captained Slovenia at Euro 2000, has been brought in by Cellino to replace Dave Hockaday, who was sacked after just six games in charge.

The Italian businessman has a reputation as a hatchet man - he went through 36 coaches in 22 years at Cagliari - but Milanic said he has been given a time-scale to get Leeds back into the top flight, and nor does he worry about being sacked.

Milanic, who has signed a contract until 2016, moves from Austrian club Sturm Graz, told a news conference at Elland Road: "It is a dream for everyone, for the fans, that we make it to the Premier League but we know that it will be very difficult.

"When we talked [to Cellino] last Sunday he told me my job is to make the squad better, play better on the field and be prepared to play in the Premier League but not that we are going in Premier League.

"For me I am concentrating on the extremely important first game and then the next game.

"I don't look to 2016 - I live now in this moment."

Leeds, meanwhile, refused to comment on a report detailing the full findings of Cellino's conviction for tax evasion in an Italian court.

The Football League has said Cellino can be barred from ownership if the findings say he was guilty of a "dishonest" offence.

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