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McDermott set for Leeds job

Brian McDermott looks set to be named as the new Leeds United manager as Sky sources understand he is in 'advanced talks' with the Championship club with betting suspended on the next boss at Elland Road.

Last Updated: 12/04/13 at 15:12 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Former Reading boss set to be named new Leeds manager

Brian McDermott: Former Reading boss set to be named new Leeds manager

The former Reading boss was the early favourite to take the role after Neil Warnock's departure but this weeksaw ex-Chelsea chief Roberto Di Matteo heavily backed to move to the head of the market.

Former Leeds defender Dominic Matteo came into the reckoning when cut from 66/1 to 7/1 but it now loos likely McDermott will be given the nod at Elland Road.

There was a gamble on McDermott on Wednesday evening and betting was suspended by Sky Bet as the 52-year-old was supported to as short as 1/7.

The potential appointment would mean there is a Brian McDermott in charge of both Leeds' football and rugby league clubs - with the other Brian already the Leeds Rhinos chief.

Paul Wiggins of Sky Bet said on Thursday: "We started to see a steady stream of business for Brian McDermott at just after 1800 BST yesterday evening.

"Whatever price we went to was backed by a different account which is the usual sign that a possible appointment is imminent. We suspended betting after McDermott reached 1/7 and was still being supported.

"This plunge on McDermott comes after decent support earlier in the week for Dominic Matteo so maybe a coaching role beckons for him in a new set up?"

A brief statement from the club hinted that an appointment was close but did not name names.

It read: "The process of appointing a permanent replacement for Neil Warnock has progressed significantly this week and when all matters are finalised we will be in a position to make a formal announcement.

"Neil Redfearn will remain as caretaker manager until such time when an appointment is made, and he is being kept informed of the situation by the club's board."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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