Arsenal’s new scout should still be at Leeds United claims former player

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Former Leeds United player Andy Ritchie believes new Arsenal scout Brian McDermott should still be at Elland Road.

Former Leeds United player Andy Ritchie believes new Arsenal scout Brian McDermott should still be in the managerial hot-seat at Elland Road.

McDermott left his post as Leeds boss at the end of last season following a allegedly strained relationship with new owner Massimo Cellino.

The Italian owner and the former Reading boss reportedly failed to see eye-to-eye on a number of issues and after a bizarre sacking incident midway through the campaign, McDermott’s departure was inevitable.

The 53-year-old coach, however, is still held in high esteem throughout the footballing community and former player Andy Ritchie believes the Whites made a mistake in letting him go.

“Former Leeds manager Brian McDermott is back in the game on the scouting staff at Arsenal and that is really good news,” he said, quoted by the YEP.

“No disrespect to anybody, but I still maintain he should still be at Leeds. He is a fantastic guy and a brilliant coach and was working under massive restraints and difficult circumstances and it is great to see him back in the game.”

“Looking at things, you do not get jobs at clubs like Arsenal if you aren’t very good at what you do.”

McDermott’s record at Elland Road was comparable to a number of the club’s managers this side of the millennium, winning 20 of his 54 games in charge with a win ratio of 37%.

His move to the Gunners completes a full circle for the former manager as he joined the Emirates outfit as an apprentice in 1977. As a youngster, he made 72 appearances in all competitions for the North Londoners, scoring 13 goals.

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