Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

New Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is keen to give boss Brian McDermott an opportunity to prove himself, but insists if the Englishman falls short he would have no problem wielding the axe.

Cellino sacked the manager of his other club, Cagliari, earlier this week, judging coach Diego Lopez to be the wrong man to take the club forward following a 3-1 defeat to Roma at the weekend.

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Leeds lost 3-0 at Watford last night to continue their current run of poor form. But Cellino is set to give McDermott a chance rather than instantly showing him the door, promising no sacking before the end of the season.

"I want to give Brian an opportunity to find out if he is good or not and if he is good then I am glad and if he is not then I will have to change. But I hope not", the Italian was quoted as saying by the BBC.


"I will give him until the end of the season for me to get to know Brian and the players better.

"We have to be loyal and help each other."

Following last night's defeat at Watford, Leeds now sit just eight points above the relegation zone in the Championship.

Their remaining fixtures this term see them lock horns with Blackpool (home), Barnsley (away), Nottingham Forest (home), Birmingham (away) and finally Derby (home).

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