LONDON: Leeds United have parted company with head coach Darko Milanic after just 32 days at the club – an even shorter reign than that of Brian Clough in the autumn of 1974.
Academy manager Neil Redfearn will replace the 46-year-old Slovenian who failed win any of his six games in charge.
Leeds are 18th in the Championship, five points above the relegation zone, after the 2-1 defeat by Wolves which proved the end for Milanic.
Previous Leeds boss Dave Hockaday also lasted only six matches before he was sacked by notoriously impatient owner Massimo Cellino, who dismissed 36 managers during 22 years in charge of Italian side Cagliari.
“I want to apologise to the supporters, they deserve better results,” said Cellino in a quote on the club’s Twitter page.
The former Slovenia international appeared on course for his first win when his side took the lead against Wolves at Elland Road, but second-half goals from James Henry and Leon Clarke condemned them to a sixth league defeat of the campaign.
He drew three and lost three of his six games at the helm.
Leeds were unbeaten in four matches under Redfearn, who took temporary charge following Hockaday’s dismissal in August.
The 49-year-old, who played in the Premier League for Barnsley, Charlton and Bradford, has never held a permanent managerial position at a Football League club.
His only previous experience as a full-time boss came in spells at Scarborough and Northwich Victoria.