McDermott: We must work together

Last Updated: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:53
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Brian McDermott said mutual respect between himself and whoever becomes the owner of Leeds is the key to whether the club will be successful.

The takeover battle at Elland Road is still ongoing, with British and Irish consortium Together Leeds refusing to throw in the towel despite current owner Gulf Finance House Capital's agreement to sell 75 per cent of the club's shares to controversial Italian businessman Massimo Cellino.

Cagliari owner Cellino farcically attempted to sack McDermott last Friday, but although he stayed away from Saturday's 5-1 win against Huddersfield, the former Reading boss eventually received the support of GFH Capital and reported back for work as normal on Monday morning.

Despite his treatment by prospective new owner Cellino, in the box-seat to complete a reported B£25million takeover, McDermott stressed again at a press conference on Thursday that he will not turn his back on the job.

"Do I look like a bloke who's going to walk away?" said McDermott.

"Whoever takes the club over, if I'm going to be manager, we have to work together and that goes both ways.

"I have to work with whoever the owner is and the owner has to work with me, because the relationship between the owner, whoever it might be, and the manager is key.

"I've spoken about (former Reading owner) Sir John Madejski and what a great relationship I had with him and how successful we were and to be successful the owner, whoever that might be, has to get on and work with the manager and vice-versa.

"Mutual respect is so important for me. If I get respect, I will give respect, so whoever it might be that's the criteria. It's very simple.

"Everyone has got into a place which is not good and there needs to be a clear strategy going forward, that's so important.

"And that's all I want - a clear strategy, to be able to speak to people to get decisions and I want things to be down and that hasn't happened over a small period of time.

"It was going very, very well at this football club, but over the last three weeks it has been very difficult. It now needs to become clear. We need to know who the owner is and then we can move on. Once that's happened for me it's clear."

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