Diouf and McDermottLeeds United will hope to benefit from the new manager effect when Sheffield Wednesday come to town tomorrow after Brian McDermott confirmed he’ll be in the dugout.

The former Reading boss, finally confirmed as the new Leeds United manager earlier today, told his first Elland Road press conference (which you can watch in full here) that he’s agreed a starting XI for tomorrow’s Yorkshire derby clash with caretaker boss Neil Redfearn and will waste no time getting started.

McDermott revealed that he was first approached about the Leeds United job 10 days ago but wasn’t expecting further developments until the end of the season. However, with The Whites still needing a few additional points to make certain of their Championship status next season, Shaun Harvey convinced McDermott to take the reins immediately.

Asked what assurances he’d received in terms of funding, McDermott’s response was pretty vague saying that he’d come to Elland Road on “a lot of good will” but was convinced Leeds United’s owners were looking to push on.

The 52-year-old said he was “realistic” about the potential sale of key players and had sought no assurances that key individuals will remain at the club next season, adding that he’d lost big names at Reading but still managed to win the league.

McDermott cut a relaxed and self-assured figure, clearly confident but without the arrogance and egotism of his predecessor. On first impressions, Leeds United’s new manager seems to be a calming figure who should fare better than most at managing the high levels of expectation which so often plague this football club.

Our thanks as always go to Kick-Off for providing us with this exclusive statistical preview ahead of tomorrow’s game;

Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Need to fix that image, we’re not playing Blackburn :)

    • TSS

      Good spot, sorted it.

  • TommyLUFC

    Wrong preview?! Blackburn is currently up!

  • igiveup

    He’s arrived at ER on ‘a lot of goodwill’, oh dear says it all really! Good luck Brian your gonna need it

  • neloiner

    Definitely the best choice now just keep us mid table this season and you can spend the summer planning for some real football at er brian and if you can work the same wonders as your namesake at headingley we’ll love you forever

    • Matthew

      Your expectations are too high to expect mid table, considering where we are in the league, our recent form, and the fact the playoffs have long since been gone, any position above the relegation zone would be a more realistic target and I would be happy with that.

  • kev raunds

    Welcome to Leeds,Brian,good luck.Lets get behind him now,we are all in this together so lets march on together.

  • Well I for is happy with brain being our manager. I’m just hoping he has taken varney and brown out with him having sorted a team with redfern for sat. I know brown wont be but varney could but hope not

  • Exiled White

    Can’t be worse than NW, Nogood Wanker that we had. I’ll settle for a top half finish, may even make last place in play offs, if we’re lucky. I guess BM should start eating weetabix, he’s gonna need it!