Harrogate’s Brian McDermott sacked by Leeds United

Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott

Harrogate resident Brian McDermott has been sacked as Leeds United manager.

McDermott only took the reins in April following the departure of Neil Warnock but he has been dismissed after a week in which the future of the club has hung in the balance amid the uncertainty of the takeover.

Neil Redfearn will take charge of United for Saturday’s match against Huddersfield at Elland Road.

Leeds won 15 of their 36 matches under McDermott.

But the club hasn’t win in eight games and lie 12th in the table, eight points from a play-off spot.

Included in United’s recent slump was a 3-1 friendly defeat against Harrogate Town.

McDermott is said to be “shocked and devastated” by the way the last week has gone.

Club captain Ross McCormack told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He called me up earlier and told me he was gone.

“It’s sad times at the club and I’m absolutely gutted.

“I had a really close relationship with the manager and I was looking forward to continuing to work with Leeds United and Brian McDermott.

“Things have changed a lot quicker than anyone could have imagined.

“I’m very happy and content at the club but a big part of that was Brian McDermott.

“I think Brian was a little bit surprised in terms of how quick it has happened but he always had an inkling it would happen.

“The new owners are coming in and want to take it in a different direction.”