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McDermott shows dogged loyalty despite advice - Will he regret it?

Brian McDermott is back training Leeds United after a chaotic few days but how long will it last?

Who would be a football manager? In the case of Brian McDermott, very few envy him of his current role and with the future of the club still up in the air - he still isn't guaranteed a job at the end of it.

McDermott returned to training this morning and for now appears to be back in the Leeds United hotseat. But still couldn't shed any light on his long-term job security despite ignoring advice from a 'lot of really important people' and returning to Leeds United.

''This is Leeds United, I am Leeds United manager and I want to be Leeds United manager,'' said McDermott.

''I have spoken to a lot of really important people in the game who said you shouldn't go back.

''It would have been very, very easy for me to walk away and that was the advice of a lot of people, but I was never going to walk away from this job.

''Why would you walk away as Leeds United manager?''

McDermott also revealed that potential owner Massimo Cellino's reported favourite for the Leeds United role, Gianluca Festa, was also at the club's Thorp Arch training ground this morning.

And also admitted that he had no idea if his position at the club was any more secure than it was on Friday, when he received the news of his dismissal.

Asked if he would still be in a job for the next match against Yeovil, McDermott said: ''I can't answer that question. The bigger picture is the stability of this club. That is all I'm concerned about.''

It's hard not to admire Brian McDermott for the attitude he has shown, despite the chaos surrounding the club. And it's easy to see his fondness and belief in the players and supporters is driving this decision.

It's hard not to feel for him and question his judgement - which appears to be blinded by pure loyalty in a game that offers very little.

He admitted his future is still up in the air and he is none the wiser about the future of the club and himself, therefore could find himself in the same position a few weeks down the line.

For a manager of his standing and reputation to be in a position where he can't even ensure his on future over the next five days is ludicrous. He deserves much, much better than that.

image: © Jarrett Campbell

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