McDermott wants assurances over his Leeds future

Brain McDermott wants to return as Leeds United manager, but is seeking assurances over his future before making his final decision, according to the Daily Mail.

McDermott was fired on Friday by the club’s prospective owner Massimo Cellino but returned to the club to take first team training this morning.

The former Reading boss has been locked in talks with LMA chief executive Richard Bevan, and representatives from various consortiums looking to buy Leeds.

McDermott is set to speak to the media at 1.15pm this afternoon, after a weekend of chaos.

Massimo Cellino is hoping to buy a controlling stake in the club, and was reportedly looking to replace McDermott with friend and former Middlesbrough defender Gianluca Festa.

The 57-year-old also owns Serie A club Cagliari, and has two previous convictions for fraud.

Crucially, he has yet to have his Leeds takeover approved by the Football League.

Cellino has since attempted to distance himself from the saga, revealing he tried to phone McDermott to ‘reinstate’ him, following a statement from current owners Gulf Finance House (GFH) that insisted McDermott was still in charge.

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