No grudges: McDermott’s Leeds press conference in full - video

BRIAN MCDERMOTT holds “no grudges” over his short-lived sacking as Leeds United boss with the re-instated Whites manager saying he has more drive than ever to see the club succeed.

Monday, 3rd February 2014, 2:03 pm
Brian McDermott arrives at Thorpe Arch today

McDermott was informed on Friday night that he had been sacked amidst the takeover by Italian Massimo Cellino but was spectacularly reinstated the next day.

There had been fears that given his harsh treatment McDermnott might now walk away altogether but the former Reading boss says ditching the Whites was never an option with the re-instated Leeds manager saying his return was for United’s “class act” fans.

“I don’t hold grudges and I don’t go around being disappointed,” said McDermott at a Thorp Arch press conference today.

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Brian McDermott arrives at Thorpe Arch today

“You can be disappointed every day if you like but that’s not my style.

“The most important thing for me is the fans and Leeds United and being the manager. That’s the only thing I was thinking of.

“It would have been very, very easy for me to walk away and that would have been the advice of an awful lot of people but in my mind there was no way I was ever going to be walking away from this job.

“Why would you walk away from being Leeds United manager? It just doesn’t make any sense.

“All it’s done for me is it’s given me more drive, the staff more drive, the players more drive and all of this coming together with the fans.

“The fans have proved that they are a class act and it’s their football club - that’s the most important thing.

“This club doesn’t belong to anyone but the fans and it has to be said that whoever eventually takes this club on has to have those people first and foremost in their minds. Nothing else matters.”