Leeds United manager Brian McDermott plots football focus

First published in Sport

AN OUTBREAK of football was the dearest wish of Leeds United manager Brian McDermott as he savoured tomorrow’s live televised clash at Yeovil.

After a week dominated by takeover talk, winding-up orders and debate about the future of the manager, McDermott is looking forward to a return to action.

United head to Somerset on a quest for back-to-back Championship victories for the first time since December.

Said McDermott: “We’re looking forward to the football breaking out again because that’s what we want to talk about.

“Hopefully the ownership will sort itself out then we can get some stability, and we can look forward to playing games and talking about football.

“I’ll be pleased to stop being asked about off-the-field issues and to start talking about things on the pitch again.”

He added his players had responded well to the turmoil well, posting a 5-1 thrashing of Huddersfield amid his “sacking/reinstatement”.

Said the Leeds chief: “The players have been fine. You saw the resilience of the team last Saturday. That tells you everything. You can talk all you want, but the proof of the pudding is on the pitch.

“The players have trained really well and we just want some calm now.”

Yeovil have had their Huish Park pitch covered in a bid to beat the torrential rain storms.

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