YEP Says, February 4: McDermott emerges with credit from Elland Road farce

Brian McDermott arrives at Thorp Arch yesterday morning.
Brian McDermott arrives at Thorp Arch yesterday morning.
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Club needs stability on and off the pitch.

It could only happen at Leeds United. The manager is sacked by the club’s prospective new owner before he has even taken over. Then its current owners insist he is staying put.

Meanwhile, claim and counter-claim surround potential rival bids being lined up by various parties said to be looking to take over at Elland Road.

The one figure to have emerged with any credit from the farcical events of the last few days is Brian McDermott.

He drove into Thorp Arch yesterday morning, the team he picked having thrashed Huddersfield 5-1 on Saturday to record their first win in nine games.

McDermott’s name rang out among the Leeds fans during the match and his players and coaching staff were also at pains to stress they want him to stay.

At his press conference yesterday, McDermott showed just why he is held in such high regard. His dignity was in stark contrast to the shabby manner in which he has been treated.

Fans are desperate for investment on a scale that present owners GFH seem unable to provide, which is why controversial Italian businessman Massimo Cellino and others are in the frame.

But if Leeds are to make a genuine push for a return to the Premier League then they need stability. That’s why it’s vital that it’s made clear as quickly as possible who is in charge of Leeds United – both on and off the pitch.

New station entrance has the wow factor

Transport is one of the key issues facing Leeds – with trolleybus and HS2 the subject of fierce debate on both sides of the argument.

Less controversial is the stunning new entrance for the city’s train station. With passenger numbers fast rising, the £17m entrance is an important improvement that also has the long-term potential to open up the southern side of the city.

The only pity is that it has taken so long to get the project off the ground. If Leeds is to attract more business and investment then it needs to have the wow factor – particularly at such key gateways.

The sooner it’s open the better.

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