Leeds United: Brian has steadied the ship - Ormsby

Brian McDermott.
Brian McDermott.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, What do you make of the Brian McDermott era so far, the players seem more relaxed and at ease?

I HAVE known Brian from a long time ago and I bumped into him after his first game and gave him a little hug and kiss on the back of his bald head and wished him all the best!

What I have heard after speaking to people at the club is that they all think he is a genuine kind of bloke.

He is glad to be here, while knowing the expectations of the supporters after all the rubbish we have been through in the past three or four seasons.

For me, he has made a big impression since he has arrived.

As for the players being relaxed, I think it has helped us to secure our place in the Championship quickly and with the pressure off now they can enjoy the last two games. Brian has steadied things up for next season and got us safe; that was the main thing that he had to do when he came in.

It really doesn’t matter what happens now, although it would be nice for him and for the players to end the season with two wins.

Having seen the two home games and particularly the game against Burnley, it was noticeable that we played a lot more football on the deck. There seemed a lot more movement in the team without a rigid centre-forward, players were moving all over and it looked a lot better.

The match was crowned with a lovely goal from Rodolph Austin.

I have to admit, I am from the same school of management as Neil Warnock, whereas Brian is totally different.

I know it is different levels, but when I managed in non-league, I was a fiery type of person and you could brand me as a Warnock type.

You would watch Warnock on the touchline and he would be getting at the linesman and barking and swearing at things. It was rather like I did, I was sent off three times while managing Ponty!

Brian is not like that and is a bit more calm on the touchline. Maybe he will let the players have it in the changing room when he has to, but he is calmer on the field.

I am sure Brian will know there’s probably one or two players he doesn’t want and will know what he needs to do to improve the squad for next season.

He has time to do that now and might even give some players who he is not sure about basically a “trial” runabout in the final two games.

Let’s hope we can finish the season on a high, because it’s a long summer.

Some players won’t be coming back and there will be new faces at the club next season, I am sure of that.

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