Leeds United confirm McDermott appointment

New Leeds United manager Brian McDermott
New Leeds United manager Brian McDermott

Brian McDermott has been confirmed as the new manager of Leeds United.

The former Reading boss fills the Elland Road hotseat left vacant on Easter Monday when the club parted company with Neil Warnock.

The club and McDermott had reportedly agreed a deal in principle after talks in London on Thursday, with just the finer details still to be ironed out.

At 1.15pm today (Friday) club director Salem Patel tweeted a smiley face, suggesting the deal was done. Official confirmation came within two hours with a statement on the club’s website.

McDermott has signed a three-year deal and David Haigh, deputy CEO of United’s owners, GFH Capital, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Brian as our manager. He is a man with a proven track record of success and shares our vision of the best way to return long terms and sustainable success to this great football club.

“Obviously the immediate aim is a return as soon as possible to the Premiership. Brian’s success in taking Reading to the Premiership last year was a key factor in our decision to hire him.”

McDermott must now guide United away from the danger of relegation this season before he can turn his attention to attempting to mastermind a return to the Premier League for the Whites.

Leeds - five points above the relegation places - face Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road in a 12.30pm kick off tomorrow.

Former Halifax Town manager Neil Redfearn - who has been in caretaker charge since Warnock’s departure - will now hand over the reigns to his new boss.