It is understood that former Leeds United coach Gary McAllister is in line to return to the club in a managerial position. The club recently parted ways with manager Brian McDermott after a disappointing end to the campaign. Italian businessman Massimo Cellino, who took over at the club a few months ago, had earlier promised that he would continue to give McDermott enough time to prove himself in the job. However, the Italian, who is widely known for sacking managers often, did not show patience with McDermott and the former Reading manager was gone as soon as the season concluded.
On the club’s official website, Cellino said that he had no doubt in McDermott’s quality, but it was simply not working at Leeds United. Hence, he needed to make the change in order to make the club challengers for a promotion spot next season. Leeds have been struggling in the lower reaches of the English football table for several years, but they are within touching distance of the Premier league. McAllister is one of the Leeds United legends after having won the title with the club in 1992. He was also coach of the team for just under a year in 2008.
“Brian has been very understanding of my wish to implement a new structure. He is a great manager and a great guy. He has been unfortunate to work in such difficult circumstances,” said Cellino. “Massimo wants to bring a new energy to the club so that we can return to where we belong as a healthy football club,” said McDermott. McAllister, though, has been struggling as a manager in recent years and was recently relieved of his duties at non-league Histon. He has been out of work since December, but he has a lot of knowledge about the club.