Saturday February 1 2014
Leeds: 'McDermott not fired'

In a bizarre twist, Leeds United insist they haven’t sacked manager Brian McDermott after protests greeted Massimo Cellino’s takeover.

The Cagliari patron today officially agreed a deal to buy out 75 per cent of the troubled Championship club.

He was met with furious protests from supporters who tried to barricade him into Elland Road stadium last night.

Their anger was down to the dismissal of manager McDermott after just nine months in charge, but this evening Leeds released a statement.

“The club would like to make it clear that Brian McDermott remains our first team manager. He has not been dismissed from his post as has been suggested and we look forward to him continuing in his role with us in taking Leeds United forwards.”

It is an odd turnaround, as Leeds players had stated he was fired with Gianluca Festa ready to take over.

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