Brian McDermott keen for football focus at Leeds United

Brian McDermott is looking forward to on-field matters becoming the main priority

Brian McDermott is looking forward to on-field matters becoming the main priority

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Brian McDermott is looking forward to “the football breaking out again” with Leeds after the most turbulent week of his Elland Road reign.

The manager was sacked and reinstated as confusion over who was in control of the West Yorkshire club saw Leeds descend into a state of chaos last weekend.

He missed the 5-1 win over Huddersfield on Saturday but returned to work on Monday morning and has not been ushered out of the door for a second time.

The British and Irish-based consortium Together Leeds has vowed to continue the fight to take control of Leeds and has urged current owners Gulf Finance House Capital to consider its offer for the club.

Another consortium, Sport Capital, pulled out of a proposed joint-takeover bid with Together Leeds on Wednesday.

The two parties had briefly united in an attempt to prise the club from Italian businessman Massimo Cellino, who remains in the box seat having agreed a reported £25million deal for 75 per cent of the club’s shares last Friday.

McDermott, appointed by Leeds last April, just wants to focus on on-field performance.

And, providing the wet weather affecting the south-west allows Saturday’s match against Yeovil to go ahead, he will have another chance to lead Leeds.

“We’re looking forward to the football breaking out again because that’s what we want to talk about,” McDermott said.

“Hopefully the ownership will sort itself out then we can get some stability and we can look forward to playing games and talking about football.

“I’ll be pleased to stop being asked about off-the-field issues and to start talking about things on the pitch again.

“The players have been fine. You saw the resilience of the team last Saturday. That tells you everything you need to know. You can talk all you want but the proof of the pudding is on the pitch.”

McDermott added: “I know the weather has been dreadful but we will be travelling and we’re hopeful. We want to play and we’ll have to see what happens.”

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