Leeds close in on Warnock successor

Brian Mcdermott needs to plug the hole in defence Brian McDermott is poised to become the new Leeds United manager after entering advanced talks with the Whites.

McDermott was made the early favourite for the job after Neil Warnock walked out on the Yorkshire outfit following a poor run of results which all but ended their play-off hopes.

The odds on the ex-Reading boss taking over drifted earlier this week when Roberto di Matteo’s name was reportedly at the top of the candidates list. However, the former Chelsea manager subsequently snubbed the Championship club.

McDermott is now poised to be named the news Leeds manager on Friday, with the Whites releasing a statement on Thursday which revealed they had made significant progress in the search for Warnock’s successor.

“The process of appointing a permanent replacement for Neil Warnock has progressed significantly this week and when all matters are finalised we will be in a position to make a formal announcement,” the statement on the club’s website said.

“Neil Redfearn will remain as caretaker manager until such time when an appointment is made, and he is being kept informed of the situation by the club’s board.”

Although it has not been confirmed, the Elland Road club may make the official announcement at some point today.

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