Monday, 3rd January, 2014

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has confirmed he is in talks with the League Managers' Association, but insisted he has been given "reassurances" over his future by the club.

McDermott was today present for training at the club, this after a deadline-day claim that he had been sacked, which is linked to a takeover bid by Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino.

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The club denied this was the case, and confirmed he was still in the position, with board member Salem Patel also expressing his shock at Friday's announcement.

The Whites shrugged off the speculation to win 5-1 against Huddersfield on Satuday and McDermott claims the fans' support was proof he was still the favoured figure.


"As far as I'm concerned I spoke to GFH, who are the owners of the football club, and I've had certain reassurances about my future and that the running of the football club is down to me", he told a press conference today relayed by the BBC.

"I got a phone call Friday night from the football club to say I'd been relieved of my duties and a letter was on its way.

"On Saturday morning I got another phone call from GFH to say that wasn't the case, a couple of statements came out and I've been speaking to the LMA so we've now got to this stage where I'm sitting here again."

"I've no idea if I'm more secure now. I can't answer that. For me personally it's been difficult. For the players and staff it's been difficult.

"But the performance on Saturday tells you everything you need to know. We had 31,000 turn up for that game on Saturday. That tells you all you need to know."

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