Miserable McCormack the unlikely villain in Leeds United loss

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: "There's absolutely no way will I resign" said Brian McDermott after yet another home defeat for hapless Leeds United "There's absolutely no way will I resign" said Brian McDermott after yet another home defeat for hapless Leeds United

Leading scorer Ross McCormack saw his 94th-minute penalty saved as Leeds’ woes multiplied at Elland Road last night in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Charlton.

Boss Brian McDermott said afterwards that he resented suggestions he should quit after Charlton condemned the troubled Yorkshire club to a fourth defeat in their last five home matches.

Iran international Reza Ghoochannejhad curled home a brilliant first goal in English football early in the second half and goalkeeper Ben Hamer produced a fine save to keep out 28-goal Ross McCormack’s last-gasp penalty to lift Charlton three points clear of the drop zone.

But while Charlton gave their survival bid a huge boost, Leeds slumped to a third straight defeat and sixth in seven matches after another performance that did little to lift the gloom at Elland Road.

Leeds, waiting to learn the outcome of Massimo Cellino’s protracted £25million takeover bid, could spend the rest of the season looking over their shoulders after only three wins since December 21.

Leeds’ future has effectively been placed on hold while a judge in London decides whether or not to uphold the Football League’s decision to disqualify Cellino from taking control, and McDermott was clearly struggling to keep his emotions in check.

“I’ve been in football 30-odd years and I’ve never experienced anything like this, I really haven’t,” he said. “Both on and off the pitch. Someone’s just said to me that people are saying I should resign.

“Well actually, if people know what’s gone on here and what I’ve had to go through, then to make that suggestion... They won’t see me resigning, no way, absolutely no way.

“It’s just a joke really when I think about that.”

When asked if he resented that suggestion, the former Reading boss replied: “If I’d have come here and everything was stable and we had money available for players and everything was going right, then I could understand the sentiment behind that.

“Probably I wouldn’t be here. They’d have made a decision and when the new ownership comes in that decision will be made, whoever it might be.

“At this moment in time we haven’t got that decision, so we need to get that quick.”

Leeds’ coaching staff and players received only half of their March wages last week, and McDermott added that managing director David Haigh went into the dressing room before kick-off in a bid to offer the squad assurances.

However, McDermott said Haigh was not able to tell them when they would receive the remaining 50 per cent of their salaries.

“I’m not finding it easy,” the former Reading boss added. “There’s no doubt about that and it definitely tests you. I’ve definitely been tested. We’ve all been tested. The fans have been tested.

“They’ve been tested here for ten or 11 years. Someone said to me earlier on who’d been at the club a long time, this is as bad as they’ve seen it. But we’ve got to get through it because it’s a great club."

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8:26am Wed 2 Apr 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

You stay there Brian, you are doing a brilliant job and all is going to plan.
Imagine the scenario, the Massimo bid fails and Haigh and co din't waste their money. A 20 point deduction and we have a real derby at Valley Parade.

I've heard the phone call interview with Cellino and it was so funny. It seems the authorities have got rid of it now.

And today radio L333s said the staff haven't been paid yet when they were meant to have got it last Friday.

Problems there? It couldn't happen to a more deserved bunch!
You stay there Brian, you are doing a brilliant job and all is going to plan. Imagine the scenario, the Massimo bid fails and Haigh and co din't waste their money. A 20 point deduction and we have a real derby at Valley Parade. I've heard the phone call interview with Cellino and it was so funny. It seems the authorities have got rid of it now. And today radio L333s said the staff haven't been paid yet when they were meant to have got it last Friday. Problems there? It couldn't happen to a more deserved bunch! Papa Smurfs Wig
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9:09am Wed 2 Apr 14

Solomon Grundy says...

It's very very amusing it has to be said. Quite the most enjoyable aspect of this football season by a long way actually. Please please may they be docked 10 points and relegated, just for the sheer unbridled joy of listening to the Radio leeds phone in afterwards, very very funny.
It's very very amusing it has to be said. Quite the most enjoyable aspect of this football season by a long way actually. Please please may they be docked 10 points and relegated, just for the sheer unbridled joy of listening to the Radio leeds phone in afterwards, very very funny. Solomon Grundy
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9:45am Wed 2 Apr 14

Marcmc says...

Leeds penalty miss lost me £20 grand on 6 draws for £10, gutted this would have changed my life,
Leeds penalty miss lost me £20 grand on 6 draws for £10, gutted this would have changed my life, Marcmc
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11:33am Wed 2 Apr 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Marcmc wrote:
Leeds penalty miss lost me £20 grand on 6 draws for £10, gutted this would have changed my life,
That is what they're like. Gutted for you mate.
[quote][p][bold]Marcmc[/bold] wrote: Leeds penalty miss lost me £20 grand on 6 draws for £10, gutted this would have changed my life,[/p][/quote]That is what they're like. Gutted for you mate. Solomon Grundy
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1:03pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again....
Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again.... Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Marching OUT together!!!!
Marching OUT together!!!! Solomon Grundy
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4:52pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Nige Co says...

Obviously you are all jealous Bradford fans. Always in our shadow.
Obviously you are all jealous Bradford fans. Always in our shadow. Nige Co
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6:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Nige Co wrote:
Obviously you are all jealous Bradford fans. Always in our shadow.
Jealous of quite what!?? Being the utter joke of British football?
[quote][p][bold]Nige Co[/bold] wrote: Obviously you are all jealous Bradford fans. Always in our shadow.[/p][/quote]Jealous of quite what!?? Being the utter joke of British football? Solomon Grundy
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10:37pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Rambo says...

If by shadow you mean always leading the way in the arrest tables, then yes, we are light years behind.

17,000 the other night. Wheres all your fans gone?
If by shadow you mean always leading the way in the arrest tables, then yes, we are light years behind. 17,000 the other night. Wheres all your fans gone? Rambo
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Nige Co says...

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2013/14 Leeds United Home Average Attendance 25,168 Highest 33,432 Lowest 17,343

2013/14 Bradford City Home Average Attendance 14,139 Highest 18,218 Lowest 12,106

It says it all really, I bet you wish you had not commented on it now. LOL

When was it the last time Bradford had an home attendance of 33,000.…. Eeerrrrr NEVER. LOL. I bet you don’t have 33,000 fans.
http://www.football- league.co.uk/page/Di visionalAttendance/0 ,,10794~201325,00.ht ml 2013/14 Leeds United Home Average Attendance 25,168 Highest 33,432 Lowest 17,343 2013/14 Bradford City Home Average Attendance 14,139 Highest 18,218 Lowest 12,106 It says it all really, I bet you wish you had not commented on it now. LOL When was it the last time Bradford had an home attendance of 33,000.…. Eeerrrrr NEVER. LOL. I bet you don’t have 33,000 fans. Nige Co
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6:02pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Rambo says...

Not really. It shows you've got 16,000 rats leaving the sinking ship.
Not really. It shows you've got 16,000 rats leaving the sinking ship. Rambo
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Nige Co says...

It's official - Cellino has won his appeal

BACK OF THE NET Massimo Cellino. Now watch us go, premiership here we come.

I bet that has disappointed a few Bradford fans, only a few that’s all you’ve got. LOL.

MARCHING ON TOGETHER.
It's official - Cellino has won his appeal BACK OF THE NET Massimo Cellino. Now watch us go, premiership here we come. I bet that has disappointed a few Bradford fans, only a few that’s all you’ve got. LOL. MARCHING ON TOGETHER. Nige Co
  • Score: 1

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