David Haigh says he would have kept Brian McDermott as manager, comments on keeping Byram and McCormack

The former Leeds Managing Director has been talking about his time at the club.

The Yorkshire Evening Post have been talking to former Leeds United managing director David Haigh this week about his recent turmoil.

He has only recently been released from prison in Dubai where he alleges he was mistreated.

He has been discussing his recent troubles but also about his time at Leeds United.

Haigh was a director at Leeds from February 2013 until April 2014 and was integral in the buyout of Ken Bates by GFH Capital.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post this week he spoke about what his plans would have been if he had remained as MD at Leeds.

To start with, he would have not let Brian McDermott go:

“We had a fantastic manager in Brian McDermott. I wanted to keep him on, I would have kept him on for longer, I think he was building something good with the young kids there. I think he should have been given more time.

“At Sport Capital, when I was looking at that with [Enterprise managing director] Andrew Flowers, we were going to extend his contract, that was the plan, we were going to give him longer, because we believed in him.”

McDermott, who was initially sacked by Massimo Cellino before the Italian had completed his takeover, was let go by Leeds at the end of the 2013-14 season amid a cloud of controversy.

He also spoke openly about he felt he was successful at the club in regards to keeping their star players:

“We had full stadiums, we had the highest opening attendance record while I was MD, we kept our talent, our good players like Sam [Byram] and Alex [Mowatt], we didn’t get rid of them, we kept Ross [McCormack].

“We kept the players we wanted to and brought more in.”

Mowatt is the only one of this trio to remain at the club – with Sam Byram joining West Ham United this year and Ross McCormack heading to Fulham in July 2014.

There is no doubt that Haigh had some grand plans at Leeds that he never got the opportunity to put into practice.

However, given recent events in his life, he currently has bigger fish to fry.

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