In truth, the answer may have been closer to home, with Neil Redfearn having guided the club to a four-match unbeaten streak during his caretaker tenure.
That run included three victories, including a morale-boosting 3-0 win over local rivals Huddersfield Town last time out.
It is already their longest unbeaten streak in 2014, and Milanic will be keen to pick up where Redfearn left off and begin his time at the helm with three points that could lift his side into the playoff places.
Leeds fans will be cautious considering the short-lived debacle they suffered under Hockaday and the longer-lasting turmoil the club has been subjected to in recent times, but there is increasing cause for optimism around Elland Road.
Such has been the club's form in recent weeks that Milanic is unlikely to make too many changes to his side, although Gaetano Berardi will be one as he serves a suspension following his red card last weekend.
Brentford, meanwhile, will need to pick themselves up from back-to-back defeats that have seen them concede seven goals and score none.
A 4-0 loss at the hands of Middlesbrough last time out saw them drop into the bottom half of the table, but the Bees will still be happy with how their opening eight matches in the Championship have gone.
Only high-flying Norwich City have beaten Mark Warburton's side at Griffin Park in the league this season, and the newly-promoted outfit will be looking to make their home ground a fortress in their battle to stay up.
Warburton made just one change to his team last weekend, but more could follow this time around given the nature of the defeat that followed.
Possible starting lineups
Brentford: Button; McCormack, Tarkowski, Dean, Bidwell; Odubajo, Pritchard, Douglas, Judge, Betinho; Proschwitz
Leeds: Silvestri; Byram, Bellusci, Pearce, Warnock; Austin, Cook, Sloth, Bianchi; Doukara, Antenucci
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