Leeds United boss Brian McDermott rules himself out of Ireland running... for now

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott
Leeds United manager Brian McDermott

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott today moved to put and end to speculation linking him with the vacant Republic or Ireland post by saying “I’m 100% committed to Leeds United”.

But McDermott did not rule out managing his parents’ home country in the future, saying he’d love to take the post one day.

McDermott was identified as a possible successor to the departing Giovanni Trapattoni, along with four others, by the Football Association of Ireland’s chief executive, John Delaney.

Delaney said: “There’ll be plenty of interest and it’ll be interesting to see who puts themselves forward.

“Mick McCarthy, Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill – all of those names would come into the pot.”

Martin O’Neill is the favourite to replace Trapattoni but odds on McDermott were slashed with some bookmakers after a number of bets were placed on the former Reading manager stepping into the Italian’s shoes.

But McDermott, speaking in his weekly press conference at the club’s Thorp Arch training ground ahead of United’s trip to Bolton this weekend, said: “One day I want to manage ROI. But I’m at a fantastic club. I owe them and the supporters. I’m committed 100%.”

McDermott’s interest in the role was made apparent 12 months ago when he spoke of his regret in representing England as a player at youth level and denying himself the chance to play for the Republic’s senior squad.

“Ever since then it’s been a goal of mine to manage Ireland,” he said.

“It was an error on my part to (represent) England and I’ve told my friends that.”