Leeds United: Bookies put McDermott among favourites for West Brom job

Brian McDermott.
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Brian McDermott is prominent in the betting for West Bromwich Albion’s next manager with doubt persisting over the likelihood of him surviving the summer at Leeds United.

McDermott has emerged as a possible candidate for the vacancy at The Hawthorns after weeks of silence about his future as manager of Leeds.

The United boss has received no guarantees of support from club owner Massimo Cellino and is waiting to see if the Italian businessman will keep him at Elland Road for the start of the 2014-15 season.

McDermott, who has been in the south of England for the past week, is believed to have had virtually no contact with Cellino since the Italian flew into England from Miami ahead of the final game of the Championship term.

The ex-Reading coach attended the League Managers Association’s awards ceremony in London on Monday night but has made no comment about his job at Leeds since the club completed theirrecent campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Derby County on May 3.

Fifty-three-year-old McDermott is now being heavily linked with the head coach’s post at West Brom following Albion’s sacking of Pepe Mel. He has two years remaining on his contract at Leeds.

Meanwhile United’s championship rivals Bolton Wanderers have signed midfielder Liam Trotter from Millwall.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year deal with Wanderers and will officially join the club on July 1 when his Millwall contract expires. Trotter appeared 16 times for Bolton, scoring one goal, while on loan at the Reebok Stadium during the second half of the season.

Chesterfield have released four players from their League Two title-winning squad – Sam Togwell, Jamie Devitt, Matty Brown and Jacob Hazel.

Former Hartlepool winger Andy Monkhouse felt he was worthy of a new deal at Victoria Park.

The 33-year-old was told his eight-year stay at Pools was over by boss Colin Cooper last week, despite playing 41 times last season.

“It’s not great, I would have liked to have stayed, but the manager wanted to go in a different direction,” he said.

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