MCDERMOTT GETS LEEDS JOB BACK!
LEEDS insist Brian McDermott will remain their manager – following a farcical day which saw him sacked and reinstated in the space of 24 hours.
McDermott was initially dismissed on Friday night in a phonecall from lawyers representing new owner Massimo Cellino.
The former Reading boss spoke to local radio, thanking Leeds fans for their “amazing support”, while Cellino also gave an interview in which he said he had “no choice” but to sack McDermott because “I want a coach, not a manager”.
Ross McCormack, McDermott’s skipper at Elland Road, also spoke to local Press expressing his disappointment and anger at the move.
However, after a 5-1 win over Huddersfield, Leeds released a statement appar- ently claiming that McDermott had never been dismissed.
“The club would like to make it clear that Brian McDermott remains our first team manager,” it said. “He has not been dismissed from his post as suggested. We look forward to him continuing in his role with us in taking Leeds forward.”
McDermott’s assistant Nigel Gibbs, who took charge against Huddersfield, welcomed the announcement
“It’s great news,” he said. “We want him as manager, the players do, the staff do, the club do, everyone around here does.
“In 32 years, I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s unusual without a doubt, but the most important thing is the stability of the football club, the ownership It needs to be sorted out, and the first step is getting Brian back as a manager.”
McDermott’s return was the culmination of an embarrassing 24 hours that brought fresh misery to a club who hadn’t won since November until yesterday’s rout.
When news of McDermott’s sacking emerged, Leeds fans descended on Elland Road in an attempt to confront Cellino, with police called to restore order.
Then, as Cellino’s takeover faltered early on Saturday, former owners GFH Capital – who bought the club from Ken Bates for £52m in 2012 – frantically attempted to have McDermott reinstated.
Eventually GFH did announce the sale of the club to Eleonora Sport Ltd, a company owned by Floridabased corn magnate Cellino.
“They plan to invest substantially in the club, including the re-acquisition of Elland Road,” said a statement from GFH.
It remains to be seen, however, whether McDermott’s survival is anything more than a delaying tactic to curry favour with fans.
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