Brian McDermott spent 13 months in charge of Leeds United.
Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he has to admit that he wasn’t successful during his time at Elland Road.
McDermott was in charge at Leeds for 13 months. He kept the Yorkshire side in a steady position in the Championship, but he then became the first of many managers to be sacked by Massimo Cellino.
And McDermott, who is preparing to take his Reading side to Elland Road this weekend, admits that he cannot reflect too positively on his time with the Whites.
“At Leeds United you’re following people like Don Revie, Howard Wilkinson,” McDermott said. “You’re at the club who produced Eddie Gray, Billy Bremner, Peter Lorimer. I was proud to be manager there, very proud, but I was there for 50-odd games so let’s not pretend I was anything more than a small part of all the history.
“You can’t look back and say I was successful. I have to admit that. You can’t look back and say I did what I wanted to do there. From my point of view it’s a shame but it’s the reality too. What I would say is that I did the best I could at that particular time. I invested everything in the job and at Christmas (in 2013) things were looking good. The three months after that were horrible.”
Since McDermott left Leeds, the club have struggled for stability and they have not really moved forward.
The Whites are still lodged in mid-table in the Championship, and they have not managed to start challenging from promotion.
After leaving Leeds, McDermott became at scout at Arsenal, before being appointed at Reading.
Since being placed back in charge at the Madejski Stadium, the 55-year-old and has made a steady rather than a spectacular start.
The Royals have won nine and lost nine of the 25 matches he has taken charge of.