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Report: Former Leeds United boss to land new job at Arsenal

Former Leeds United boss Brian McDermott is said to have agreed a deal to join Arsenal’s club recruitment department.

Former Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has reportedly signed a deal to become part of Arsenal’s club recruitment department.

The 53-year-old has a wealth of scouting experience having successfully occupied a similar job at Reading for a number of years.

According to the Mirror, he has agreed a three-year deal with Arsenal after the Gunners’ initial first choice Ian Bloomfield opted to join North London rivals Spurs instead.

“The former Leeds United boss is understood to have signed a three-year deal with the Gunners. He will play a senior role in the club’s recruitment department and is set to work for chief scout Steve Rowley.” The report claims.

McDermott has been without a job since parting ways with Leeds at the end of last season.

He led the Whites to a 15th placed finish last season following a topsy-turvy season both on and off the pitch, yet the arrival of Massimo Cellino put a strain on his job.

The controversial owner was quick to put his ideas across when officially taking charge of the club and on one occasion sacked McDermott, only for the former 80s midfielder to be reinstated a day later.

McDermott’s relationship with Cellino was always problematic, and his time at Elland Road was ultimately cut short as he left the club with a record of 20 victories from 54 matches.

North London and Arsenal in particular will be like completing a full circle for the McDermott, as it was there where he began his footballing career as an apprentice in 1977.

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