Milanic set for Leeds

21 September 2014 12:15:25 EST

Leeds United are on the verge of securing Sturm Graz manager Darko Milanic having agreed a fee for the Slovenian tactician.

The Whites, who are currently 11th in the Championship table after an upturn in fortunes, have been looking for a new manager since the departure of David Hockaday.

Leeds have done well under caretaker Neil Redfearn but owner Massimo Cellino is keen to keep the coach working with the club's promising academy squad which has brought through the likes of Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook.

Milanic has already bid farewell to Sturm Graz and is looking forward to signing with Leeds, as he begins a new chapter of his career with the West Yorkshire outfit.

He said: "It was not an easy decision for me because I've been so happy here.

"I actually wanted to stay here for longer, but then this offer arrived which I could not turn down.

"You've got to take chances like this because you never know whether one will come again.

"I will remain a big fan of Sturm Graz and am leaving behind an intact team who still need to improve."

Leeds are now 1000/1 to win promotion to the Premier League this season, while they are 10000/1 to win the Championship outright.

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