Leeds blasted over McDermott

Former Leeds Academy coach Greg Abbott has labelled the treatment of Brian McDermott an "utter disgrace" as speculation continues to surround his future at Elland Road.

Last Updated: 14/02/14 at 15:04 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Long-term future at Leeds remains unclear

Brian McDermott: Long-term future at Leeds remains unclear

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Leeds have dominated the Sky Bet Football League headlines over the past fortnight, with Brian McDermott sacked by Massimo Cellino prior to him even completing his takeover of the club - and then reinstated due to Cellino not having the authority to make such a decision.

McDermott's future will immediately be placed back into doubt if Cellino does complete his purchase of the West Yorkshire outfit, though, leaving the club in a state of turmoil as they bid to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Abbott, now assistant manager at Notts County, told Sky Sports News Radio's Football League Hour: "It's an utter disgrace. I don't think there's any industry in the world where you could lose your job on a Friday then get it back on a Monday.

"How the industry works, we should be ashamed of ourselves really for the way we behave, the way people are treated.

"Brian is a fantastic fella. Whether he's a good or bad manager is irrelevant to me. But he is a good manager! To treat someone like that, it's ridiculous and people have got to be accountable. It should never be allowed to go on."

The other studio guest on this week's Football League Hour, former Sheffield United and Rotherham defender Rob Scott, was similarly scathing of the treatment of McDermott.

He said: "Outwardly Brian is a mild-mannered guy, he comes across as a quiet, thoughtful person but it must affect him not knowing what's going on in the background and not knowing about the ownership of the club.

"For him to try and get on with his job and get a group of players, that don't know what's happening either, to focus on the next game is credit to him and to Nigel Gibbs.

"It's not easy. It's well-documented that Brian wants things sorted out as soon as possible, and of course you would. In any industry, if it's not run right at the top, how can you expect it to be run right at other levels.

"The sooner it's sorted out the better. For a big club like Leeds it needs sorting to let Brian to get on with the job, the good job that he is doing."

To hear more from Abbott and Scott on Leeds, plus interviews with QPR duo Kevin Doyle and Gary O'Neil, Brentford manager Mark Warbuton, Preston striker Kevin Davies and Plymouth defender Guy Branston, listen to the full Football League Hour Podcast here or via the Soundcloud player below.

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