Friday, 11th April, 2014

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott believes that the Yorkshire giants must unite under the ownership of Italian businessman Massimo Cellino as quickly as possible.

After a long-running takeover saga, Cellino's Eleonora Sport Limited investment vehicle has taken control of 75 per cent of Leeds.

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The Italian has also won an appeal against the Football League judging him to have failed its owners' and directors' test.

Now Leeds must adapt to a new era under the Italian and McDermott, having spoken to Cellino before the side's 3-0 defeat at Watford in midweek, feels unity is key.


"The big thing is that the ownership is now settled and we have clarity", McDermott said via his club's site.

"We have the stability we needed. This is a new chapter. Massimo has come in and we have a blank sheet. It’s a new start.

"We're not talking about ownership anymore, now it's done and dusted. Football is the only thing we can talk about now.

"Massimo said after the game on Tuesday that Watford were a team in front of us and that was a fact. We have to get to that level and beyond.

"We have to finish as strong as we can. The players are playing for their future. No one has chucked the towel in, and we need to get the crowd onside and play well."

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