Brian McDermott set to be appointed new Leeds United manager TSS April 10, 2013 Leeds United 71 Comments Brian McDermott is set to be named the new Leeds United manager according to The Sun. The former Arsenal midfielder took Reading to the play-off final in 2010/11, before winning the Championship in 2011/12. 52-year-old McDermott has been among the bookies favourites for the vacant Whites hot seat ever since Neil Warnock was sacked at the beginning of April. McDermott’s eye for a player was no doubt a key selling point for Leeds owners GFH Capital. Before making his way into the managers seat, McDermott was employed as Reading’s Chief Scout and made a string of low-cost, high-quality signings including Shane Long and Kevin Doyle who were bought for only 80k and later sold for a combined fee of £13m. McDermott was dismissed as Reading manager following defeat to Aston Villa, later pointing out that his entire team had cost less to assemble than Villa’s £7m striker Christian Benteke. No official confirmation from Leeds United yet, but McDermott’s credentials have made him the most obvious choice all along – he’s a man who can work to an incredibly tight budget with experience of winning the Championship. Related: Read what Reading FC blog The Tilehurst End have to say about McDermott.