Brian McDermott said it was “job done” for Leeds and revealed he wanted talks about new signings.
The former Reading manager saw his two-match winning start to his Elland Road reign brought to a halt in a 1-0 defeat by Birmingham on Saturday courtesy of a Hayden Mullins goal.
The defeat leaves the West Yorkshire club in 13th place in the Championship – seven points above third-from-bottom Wolves – but McDermott insisted the club’s fans could sleep easier knowing relegation was no longer a concern.
He said: “When I arrived at the club I put my reputation on the line and to make sure Leeds remained in this division. So far as I am concerned it is job done.
“Everyone must be going in the same direction. If that occurs in this club you have a major chance.”
McDermott also revealed he would be seeking assurances about bringing in new players for an assault on promotion from the Championship next season.
He added: “I think we have to talk about who needs to come in. If we can add to the squad with good quality players who know this division we should progress.
“Leeds were possibly in trouble when I came in. I am delighted with the boys. They played two games at home and we won them both. They were pressure games.”
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