Ross McCormack has spoken of his disappointment at the dismissal of manager Brian McDermott.
The Leeds United captain, who was the subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs in the wake of the dismissal, said: “He called me up earlier and told me he was gone.
“It’s sad times at the club and I’m absolutely gutted.
“I had a really close relationship with the manager and I was looking forward to continuing to work with Leeds United and Brian McDermott.”
Scotland international McCormack committed his future to Leeds earlier in the evening in the wake of the club’s decision to reject a £4m bid from Cardiff City.
But he said: “I’m very happy and content but a big part of that was Brian McDermott.
“I think Brian was a little bit surprised in terms of how quick it has happened but he always had an inkling. The new owners are coming and want to take it in a different direction.”