Brian McDermott has been handed a brisk return to football management, taking charge at Leeds on a three- year contract basis. This development comes 32 days after he was handed his sack letter by Reading. Coincidentally, McDermott led the team to the Championship title a year ago.
Neill Warnock left the job vacant after failing to mount a genuine pressure on promotion. Two weeks later, the former Arsenal midfielder inherits a side that currently sits 17th on the Championship table and are threatened by relegation to League one.
Tomorrow’s game with
Sheffield is a crucial one if Leeds will have to avoid relegation, and McDermott will have to start leaving a positive impression in the minds of the fans. Unfortunately, the club recent run of poor form has seen them lose four times in a row, including last week’s loss to Charlton Athletic under caretaker coach Neil Redfearn.
McDermott will be taking his assistant at Reading, Niggel Gibbs with him to Yorkshire. While working as a scout for reading, he had helped discover players such as Kevin Doyle, Shane Long and when Brendan Rodgers left the club in December 2009, he stepped up to assume the coaching role.
Leeds Football Director, David Haigh in a statement revealed: “We are delighted to have appointed Brian as our Manager. He is a man with a proven track record of success and shares our vision of the best way to return long- term and sustainable success to this great football club.
“Obviously the immediate aim is a return as soon as possible to the Premiership. Brian’s success in taking Reading to the Premiership last year was a key factor in our decision to hire him.”