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McDermott 'Couldn't Walk Away' From Leeds

Brian McDermott said he ignored the advice of "some big people in the game" to resume his uncertain role as Leeds boss.

McDermott is back in charge at Elland Road after he was briefly relieved of his duties on by prospective new owner Massimo Cellino on Friday night.

Cellino's purchase of a 75% stake from current owners GFH Capital is still subject to Football League approval, and GFH confirmed after a 5-1 win over Huddersfield on Saturday that McDermott remains manager.

As the chaos unfolded, McDermott consulted the League Managers' Association and spoke to several unnamed football figures but was adamant it never crossed his mind to walk away from the club.

Greeting the press at the club's Thorp Arch training ground, he said: "You didn't expect to see me, did you?

"The reason I'm sitting here is, firstly, I've been reinstated, but this is Leeds United and I want to be Leeds United manager.

"I've spoken to a lot of people in the game - a lot of very important people - who said 'you shouldn't go back', but if you saw the support the team, the staff and personally I got on Saturday, it was incredible.

"I'm completely proud of the players, staff and fans - they all came together and it was a fantastic day. That's why I'm back.

"The fans are a class act - it's their football club, it doesn't belong to anyone but them. Whoever takes this club on has to have them first and foremost in their minds. Nothing else matters."

McDermott revealed the team he had prepared for Huddersfield was changed following his 'sacking' as it appeared Cellino's long-time friend Gianluca Festa was set to take over.

The original team was reinstated by assistant Nigel Gibbs once GFH had spoken to McDermott, who has been assured "all football matters" are still in his control until any takeover goes through.

That proposed takeover by Cellino's Eleonora Sport Ltd could yet be complicated if the Football League fails to sanction the deal, and Yorkshire-based consortium Together Leeds said on Friday they remain open to talks with GFH.

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