Football - McDermott craves end to turbulence

Brian McDermott is desperate to avoid any more drama off the pitch as Leeds ended another turbulent week with a 2-1 victory at Yeovil.

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It was confirmed on Friday that controversial Italian businessman Massimo Cellino had bought a 75 per cent stake in the club, subject to him passing the Football League's vetting procedures. A week earlier, representatives of Cellino had sacked McDermott, only for the club to formally reinstate him.

Should Cellino's stake be approved by the League it will raise fresh questions regarding McDermott's long-term future at Elland Road but for now the former Reading boss is just glad to see the Whites' fortunes on the pitch improving, with this victory following a 5-1 hammering of Huddersfield last weekend.

Second-half goals from Ross McCormack and Stephen Warnock earned Leeds the points in Somerset, McDermott revealed he will meet his prospective new boss at their clash with Brighton but is just craving some peace and quiet at the Yorkshire club.

"What we want to avoid now is drama off the pitch,," he said.

"On the pitch we want drama but if we can avoid that for the last 17 games I'll be very happy.

"The only thing I can do is try to get a result against Brighton and nothing else. The common ground is that the new owner and myself want to take Leeds United back where they belong.

"We will see what happens in the next two weeks or so and go from there. If you win and get results, things look a lot easier.

"From what I can gather (Cellino) is coming to the game against Brighton. Hopefully we will sit down and have a conversation and maybe a meal together and see where we go from there.

"I've had one meeting with (Cellino) when we sat down and talked but from his point of view he knows what an important club Leeds United is and what it is all about.

"We have to move away from all that now. There are still 17 games to go in this season."

Having found themselves a goal down at the break scored by Ishmael Miller, the visitors took just 35 seconds to draw level and dominated the second half. McDermott was quick to pay tribute to the reaction from the players and supporters to an unsettling few days.

"The players have got great spirit," he said.

"After what has gone on they've shown great resilience and the fans have got resilience.

"The fans have given me great support since April when I turned up, I can't fault them. They are just terrific fans, a one-off set. They love their club and feel passionate about it.

"It was a good end to an interesting week. A really good result in difficult conditions."

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