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.