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Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has said that he is looking to prepare for the promotion challenge next season from now itself. The safety of the club in the Championship was recently confirmed after the recent round of results in the division. Even though he was defeated in his first match as the Leeds United manager, McDermott has overseen a campaign in which Leeds United will be guaranteed Championship football next season due to results from other grounds going their way. The club was expected to challenge for promotion under Neil Warnock, but it never really materialised.
The former Reading manager said that he is extremely delighted with the fact that the club’s position in the championship has been secured for another season. Since their safety secured, he can concentrate on looking at players to sign for next season. The club are expected to strengthen over the summer with some of the current players being sold in order to generate the transfer funds. McDermott already has the experience of getting promoted into the Premier league to the automatic play-offs position as he did the same with Reading.
However, he was sacked by the club a few months ago after a poor run of results left them bottom of the table.
“We’re definitely safe in this league now and I’m delighted with that. The players have given us everything. That was job number one, two and three. I put myself on the line to come in at that stage of the season so that was the job. It was A, B and C – one, two and three and we’ve done that now and we’re all delighted that we’re now mathematically safe and can move forward. There’s no point talking about us playing ok and still lost the game, you don’t win championships by just playing okay,” said McDermott.
The former QPR manager Neil Warnock took over as the manager of Leeds United last year and he was given the task of getting the team promoted into the Premier league. So far, he has failed to achieve the targets because Leeds United are several points behind the automatic promotion spot, while they are a few places below the play-off position as well. This has led to the intense criticism of the manager from the Leeds fans in recent weeks, while there has also been turbulence surrounding the future of many star players like Luciano Becchio.
Yet, the manager has said that he does not have any regrets about coming to Leeds United. The future of Warnock has also been thrown into doubt following the arrival of new owners. Despite this current position, the manager has said that he expects the signings made in the January transfer window to come good in the next few months. He has also said that he is extremely delighted with the club and its history. However, there will be always a few fans who cannot be pleased. Warnock hopes to even win them over the coming months. Leeds United managed to win three matches on the bounce, which overcame the poor form in December.
“Over the years I’ve had one or two interesting jobs that haven’t been easy. I’d put this in that category. I’ve had more takeovers than just about any other manager, three out of the last three clubs I’ve been at, and to keep the ship here sailing as it is isn’t an easy job. There’s a lot more involved than people realise and that’s why I always say that all you can do is your best. All managers are expected to deliver. It goes with the territory,” said the Leeds United manager.