YEP Says, April 4: McDermott’s the scapegoat for anger over United’s woes

Brian McDermott

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Pressure should be on Football League to resolve chaos over Cellino takeover.

REGARDLESS of whether Brian McDermott is the right man to take Leeds United forward – and recent results aren’t in his favour – the personal abuse he’s been subjected to in recent weeks is beyond the pale.

Here’s a man who has kept his dignity in the most trying of circumstances and clearly has the best interests of the troubled club at heart. So what does he get in return? Abusive phone calls to his mobile in the middle of the night from so-called “fans”.

Having already faced the embarrassment of the public airing of an apparently private conversation in which United’s would-be owner Massimo Cellino signalled his wish to get rid of him, McDermott must now feel he’s under siege.

While criticism goes hand in hand with being in charge of a high-profile team, such pressure is hardly conducive to getting the results that every fan craves.

Factor in the chaos of the will he, won’t he saga surrounding Cellino’s bid to take over at Elland Road and few would envy McDermott’s position.

Given the way the Football League has dragged its heels over a verdict on Cellino’s appeal against their decision to block the deal, perhaps the supporters’ frustration would be better directed at them.

As Brian McDermott says, if Leeds are to move on and start getting both their finances and football back on track, they need to know exactly where they stand. Until that happens, you can be sure he will do his best.

Welcome effort to inspire city’s women

DESPITE the huge strides made in a number of areas over the last few decades, inequality still exists.

Many women, for instance, still take home less pay than their male colleagues – despite the fact they’re doing the same job.

It’s why those who slam Leeds’s first ever women’s conference as a waste of time and money should think again. If the city is to make genuine progress then it’s important that everyone feels able to fulfil their potential – and women currently face far too many barriers that prevent them from doing so.

Let’s hope today’s event is just the start of a concerted bid to improve the life chances of women in Leeds.

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