With Leeds reeling from two of their most embarrassing defeats of recent years, the emphasis on rejuvenation has become a buzz word at Elland Road.
Sky Sports reported that McDermott confirmed that he made the decision to hand Scotland international Ross McCormack the armband following a discussion with former captain Rudy Austin earlier in the week.
'The situation is that I had a good conversation with Rudy Austin, he is a great guy and we had a good discussion', said McDermott.
'I want Rudy to play his game. He feels his personality isn't conductive to that role (the Captaincy)'.
It will be interesting to see if Austin's performances will pick-up in the coming weeks, or whether he was using the captaincy as an excuse to hide behind.
Giving the captaincy to McCormack, however, is an inspired decision because he is already the 'spark' for Leeds. Hopefully, he can inspire the players around him and bring them up to his level of performance.
Speaking on giving Ross McCormack the Captaincy, McDermott gave a glowing review of his leadership qualities.
'I see him as a talisman and a leader. He has matured an awful lot. Everyone knows what he thinks about Leeds United'.
This move will undoubtedly give Leeds a huge boost in time for the game with league leaders Leicester City at the weekend, and the supporters are buoyed by the news too.
Here are some of the reactions from Leeds fans on Twitter:
@Rossmccormack44 best leeds captain in a long time! Thoroughly deserved mate all the best. mot— Jonathan McCutcheon (@MotelJackJonny) January 16, 2014
Hopefully the buzz around this decision can carry on into the game with Leicester as Leeds look to throw the form book out the window and put themselves back into top 6 contention.
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