Former Leeds United defender Danny Pugh has said he hopes that manager Brian McDermott is given a chance to show he can be a success at the club.
Pugh, who was released by Leeds earlier this month, believes that McDermott should be given more time after a nightmare season at Elland Road.
Upon owner Massimo Cellino’s arrival at the club in January, he controversially sacked the former Reading boss before reinstating him only days later following criticisms of the decision from across the country.
Cellino then more recently questioned McDermott’s loyalties after he left Yorkshire to visit his sick mother in the south of England, and it still seems just a matter of time before Cellino ends the 53-year-old’s tenure at Elland Road.
Leeds slipped down the Championship table in the second half of last season with an array of off-field problems causing a distraction, but with Cellino’s takeover now completed and verified by the Football League, Pugh is hoping McDermott is given a chance to put things right.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, former Manchester United player Pugh said: “The manager has taken the brunt more than most and it’s been a difficult time for him.
“It’s been quite well documented regarding the manager not knowing his entire situation. If that’s the case, you don’t really know who is making decisions and such like.
“But I think when you are coming to Leeds, it’s not going to be straightforward. There’s always issues and dilemmas all the time. It’s never a straight road.
“He’s obviously had his difficult times. But hopefully, he will be given the chance to put things right.”
“Hopefully, the new owner will bring the club the success it deserves in the not-too-distant future. I think that’s everyone’s aim who is connected with the football club.”
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