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Brian McDermott’s ‘pride’ at Republic of Ireland manager link
10:32am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
LEEDS United boss Brian McDermott is fully focused on tomorrow’s Championship trip to Bolton despite speculation linking him with the Republic of Ireland manager’s role.
McDermott is the second favourite to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni – behind Martin O’Neill.
While admitting his “pride” at being considered – and his desire to one day manage the international side, McDermott said: “At this moment in time, I’m at a fantastic football club.
“I’ve kind of been adopted here and I feel I owe this club and these supporters, and that’s really important to me.
“I’m committed – 100 per cent.”
He added: “Everybody knows what I feel about Ireland, my family, my history, and how important it is to me.
“My situation is that one day I want to manage the Republic of Ireland.”
On the Bolton game, McDermott declared he was looking to build on a “solid enough start” to the campaign.
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