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Brian McDermott: a heartfelt goodbye

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Brian McDermott gave a dignified message to Leeds United, upon his exit from the club last night.

The former Reading manager is well-loved among Leeds fans for his class, and humility. Despite an unsuccessful season with the Whites, McDermott has often been labelled ‘the right manager at the wrong time’.

McDermott told the club’s official website: “It has been my great privilege to manage this great club and I have enjoyed the challenge immensely.

McDermott was well-loved among Leeds fans

McDermott was well-loved among Leeds fans

“However it is clear that Massimo wishes to implement a new structure and feels he will work more successfully for Leeds with a coach rather than a manager. I respect that Massimo must be fully supported in putting together his vision for the club so he can bring us the success we all want. It is my belief that when truly United we are stronger. Massimo wants to bring a new energy to the club so that we can return to where we belong as a healthy football club.

“To my players for their efforts I say a big thank-you. To all the staff and especially my great assistant manager Nigel Gibbs and my great friend Patrick Dolan I am especially grateful for their support.

“Finally to the incredible force that is the Leeds United supporters, I offer my heartfelt thanks. Your support of me and the players was always an inspiration and I urge everyone to get behind the team and the new owner next season to get us back to where we need to be, fighting for trophies and competing at the top-table of English and European football.

“It won’t be easy, but Marching On Together we can get there.

“I wish Massimo and all my friends at Elland Road every success in the future.”

It was announced late last night that McDermott was set to leave Leeds by mutual consent and Massimo Cellino will now begin searching for a new manager.


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