Diouf and McDermottIt’s one week since Brian McDermott replaced Neil Warnock as Leeds United manager. During that time, the club has won back-to-back games and the new boss is impressed with the team’s work ethic.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after their 1-0 victory at Burnley, McDermott told reporters that he had spoken to the squad and told them that a clean sheet did not just involve the back four, praising the blocking towards the end of the match.

“The most important thing is that we learn to win and we get the details right.”

It’s been a poor season for The Whites, mid-table in the league with nothing left to play for, Neil Warnock’s only real success came in the League and William Hill sponsored FA Cup cup runs, where the Whites beat Premier League opposition including Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Neil Warnock’s departure came after just 14 months with the club. The team was on a three game losing streak and seven games without a victory when he departed earlier this month, leaving Leeds just 5 points clear of relegation with six games left. At that time he said.

“I have given it my best shot, but, being honest, we haven’t been good enough in the final third of the pitch.”

McDermott’s next challenge will be an away trip to Birmingham City, opponents Leeds last met in the FA Cup, drawing 1-1 at Elland Road before a 2-1 win at St. Andrews earned the Whites a fifth round tie against Manchester City.

There’ll be much less to play for this time however, Leeds United and Birmingham City city sit 11th and 12th respectively, separated by only one point. With no realistic chance of making the play-offs and no danger of being relegation, both teams may use this opportunity to experiment with youth and fringe players.

Leeds’ new manager Brian McDermott has emphasised the importance of the club’s development squad, appointing Academy Chief Neil Redfearn to a first team coaching position which he hopes will help bridge the gap between Leeds United’s development and first team squad.

With only three games remaining before McDermott begins his summer overhaul of Neil Warnock’s squad, both youth and senior players will be looking to impress the new manager and stake their claims for a position in the 2013/14 team.

  • Tare

    Poor season 2012-2013 overall but if it takes some bitter medicine to swallow then so be it.

    Next season and pre season we have a stern bunch of ball playing natives; Byram, Dawson, Poleon. Walters, White, Lees, Cook so why not future is looking good.

    Tare

    • Matthew

      McDermott would be better off loaning out some of youth team players for them to gain experience. It did wonders for Tom lees.
      Byram and Lees are established so keep in the first team squad, if he doesn’t intend to use Poleon loan him out, along with Dawson and a few others. Before you say, loan Dawson out, are you crazy? A half season loan for him to get games(Put it as a requirement in his loan agreement) would benefit us fantastically if he comes back even better. We usually fizzle out at the end of each season so having a few reinforcements to bolster the squad by the half way point would be smart thinking.
      Anyway can see us getting 3 points at most against Brum and a point at least, we do fairly well lately against them, even when we had Colin lol

      • Tare

        Chris is now injured but will be in frame next season. This is only
        intuition here when he was substituted and a look in his eyes then after
        watching some years international football this guy is a real winner.
        Body language and will to make things happen. I would take this guy in
        my ranks immediately so give it or go. Tare

        • Matthew

          But he needs games, desperately. He has talent yes but if he’s not being started every week, he’s being wasted. Loan him out to a mildly decent league 1/2 side chasing promotion and grab him back in a few months and see where he’s at.

  • Irving08

    Personally I want us to field our strongest team and get three points. Three reasons: (a) we need to get other teams worrying about us again; (b) we need to know asap if we have 11 good players who can play together and win games on a consistent basis; (3) the higher we finish in the table the more attractive we will be to potential signings capable of improving us.

    • ha

      agree 3 very good points

    • spellz

      (d) outside chance of promotion if Palace beat Liecester today. :)

  • spellz

    Experiment away McDermott, he is tactically competent and has proved that with some clever subs in his first game and a solid clean sheet in his second, good times up ahead whatever happens today.

  • PMH

    Birmingham shows where we are. The back end seems reasonably solid, but the front end is missing ingredient X. Obviously, if you don’t score you can’t win, and you can easily dominate and lose to a fortunate goal for the opposition. The points system rewards scoring teams, so we need to find players and a system that gets 2 goals a game rather than none or one. I think we need one of those annoying poacher types who does nothing but nip in and score goals.

    • Irving08

      Charlie Austin would do nicely, preferably combined with Jukovic of ‘Boro. Where do we find the 10 million though ?