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McDermott wants the drama on the pitch not off it

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott says he wants to see drama on the pitch and not off it after putting a turbulent week behind him as he watched Leeds get back into the play-off picture with a win at Yeovil Town.

McDermott returned to the Leeds dugout for the first time following his sacking and eventual reinstatement last weekend.

Prospective new owner Massimo Cellino sacked the Leeds boss on the eve of the Huddersfield game only to be reinstated by current owners GFH Capital on the Saturday.

With the confirmation that Cellino has now bought the club and just Football League approval remains between him and taking over at Elland Road, the future is unclear for McDermott.

Massimo Cellino is expected to attend the Leeds game at Brighton on Tuesday night and McDermott indicated that he would be meeting with the new owner in midweek.

McDermott feels the off-field problems have united the players and the fans and he hopes that the future will just be about drama on the pitch and not off it.

Speaking after the game on Saturday, McDermott said, 'The only thing that matters to the new owner is that we've won and I know that we have that common ground that we need to get Leeds back to the place where they belong - we need to stabilise this club.

'All I can do is concentrate on the players and the staff and it's important to have everyone going in the right direction.

'The adversity has bonded the players, we've got that bond and we'll need that going forwards.

'I want to win the next game, but we don't need too much drama.

'We want drama on the pitch and if we can have that I'll be very pleased.'


The win at Yeovil on Saturday was the first in a run of four away games in a row.

Leeds now travel to Brighton on Tuesday night knowing a win would take them back to within two points of the play-offs. Leeds then have ten days off before they return to championship action with a trip to Middlesbrough.

It looks a difficult start to March. Promotion chasers Queens Park Rangers are first up at Loftus Road. Leeds also face a trip to Burnley, who are also looking to finish in the automatic promotion places, as well as a home game against McDermott`s former club Reading, who currently occupy a play-off place. The month sees Leeds face seven games in what could be a make or break month of the season.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 9 2014

Time: 10:00AM

 

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