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Leeds United star Diouf - "Players were left baffled by the events last week"

There was a lot of confusion amongst the players following Brian McDermott's sacking last week

On the 31st January, Leeds United fans were hoping that they might be able to bring in one or two players, and that they could keep hold of top goalscorer Ross McCormack. They were not expecting to hear of the news that manager, Brian McDermott had been sacked.

The next day, they beat Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town 5-1 with McCormack bagging a hat-trick. It was then revealed that McDermott had not been sacked, and he was still the Leeds manager. Fans were confused, journalists were confused and El-Hadji Diouf has revealed the players didn't have a clue what was happening either.

"There was two days, no-one understand, no-one tell us, we don't understand. They change the squad two times Friday till Saturday, change the team three times as well."

"We don't understand until right now, but I think the good thing is the team winning and now everything is okay and it looks like normal days. We work hard with the gaffer and he came to training on Monday. We're still working with him, we like to work with him."

It is quite remarkable given all the confusion that Leeds managed such an impressive win on Saturday. The players are clearly all behind the manager and that was expressed by captain Ross McCormack who spoke to Sky Sports News shortly after the news had broken that McDermott had been sacked. He said he was devastated and it looked as if he would have happily left the club. Six clubs enquired about him, but there wasn't enough time left to do a deal, and Leeds did not want to sell.

Massimo Cellino has certainly not gained any fans in his proposed takeover of the club. It has dragged on for all too long now, and he has already caused enough aggro. Isn't it about time proper checks were done on these foreign owners to perhaps check their sanity. Endless stories are written about mad foreign owners, entertaining for some, but they come close to ruining clubs. Vincent Tan for example hasn't exactly gone about things in the right way at Cardiff City. I suppose they give me great material to write about though.

 The players are up for a battle, and want to show McDermott is the right man for the club. Diouf went on to say "People like myself, I've been everywhere around the world, I've never seen a situation like that. I was very sorry for the fans and for the football club and for the people who love football." You would have thought Diouf of all players had seen it all as well!

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