Leeds sack manager McDermott

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Brian McDermott has been sacked as manager of Leeds United as the takeover of the club by an Italian consortium nears conclusion.

McDermott only took the reins in April following the departure of Neil Warnock but he has been dismissed after a week in which the future of the club has hung in the balance amid the uncertainty of the takeover.

Massimo Cellino, the owner of Italian club Cagliari, is close to an agreement to buy a stake in Leeds, believed to be about 75 per cent.

McDermott is said to be “shocked and devastated” by the way the last week has gone.