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McDermott: Leeds need stability

Leeds United manager, Brian McDermott, is faced with a struggle to turn around the club's worrying decline on the pitch, amid renewed uncertainty over ownership of the Elland Road outfit.

The Whites travel to Burnley on Saturday after two heavy home defeats, and building speculation about the security of his job:

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Points matter most to McDermott

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott spoke of the importance of three points as he looks ahead to Ipswich Town visiting Elland Road on Tuesday evening.

United’s last league fixture against Leicester City saw an improved performance but McDermott’s men were on the wrong side of a 1-0 result.

McDermott is calling on his side to get points over performances Credit: Press Association

He is now looking for another good performance but insists points are his main priority.

Speaking to the club's website, he said:

“It is important because we want the three points, we want the performance but first and foremost we want a result to get away from this run of games.

“We know that if we can get a couple of back-to-back wins then we have got a major chance of getting in the top six.”

McDermott confident of Leeds success

Leeds boss Brian McDermott insists he can get the club "into the right place" if he is given enough time.

His side head into Saturday's Sky Bet Championship lunch-time kick-off against table-toppers Leicester at Elland Road having lost their last four games across all competitions.

The latest defeat was a 6-0 thrashing at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the league last weekend and Leeds are currently 11th in the table, four points behind Brighton, present occupiers of the final play-off position.

In his previous job McDermott, who was appointed as Leeds manager in April, took Reading from the Championship relegation zone to the title - and thus, into the Barclays Premier League - in the space of two-and-a-half seasons.

McDermott said the Leeds board had been fully supportive, as he prepares for the tricky fixture against the leaders:

McDermott: Give me time

After last weekend's 6-0 thrashing at Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has asked to be given time to put things right.

The defeat - which he described at the time as a public humiliation - came on the back of three consecutive losses, including his side's shock exit from the FA Cup at the hands of League Two Rochdale.

McDermott also explained the reasoning behind handing striker Ross McCormack the club captaincy, after Rudolph Austin stood down.

Today McDermott said that although he'd been given the full backing of the board this week, he admitted he'd feared for his job.

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McDermott: International break welcomed

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott says the international break came at the right time for his out of form team.

The Whites have lost five of their last six matches going into Sunday's game against Birmingham.

McDermott failed to bring in any new signings during the 2 week break despite making 6 offers, but the club have taken Lithuania captain and former Hearts defender Marius Žaliukas on trial.

McDermott 'to take over at Leeds'

Brian McDermott - new Leeds manager? Credit: PA

Calendar understands that former Reading boss Brian McDermott will be given the Leeds United manager's job "within the next 24 hours".

Sources close to McDermott - who was axed last month despite guiding Reading back to the top flight - suggest that he'll be in charge by the weekend.

Brian McDermott to stay with the Rhinos

Brian McDermott has agreed new deal with Rhinos Credit: Calendar News

Super League and World Champions Leeds Rhinos have announced that Head Coach Brian McDermott has agreed a ground breaking deal with the club ahead of the new 2013 Super League season kicking off tonight.

McDermott joined the Rhinos in 2010 on an initial three year contract. The new contract is believed to be a first in professional sport with McDermott agreeing a new ongoing contract of employment, as with most senior members of staff, as opposed to a traditional coaching or playing contract.

Leeds Rhinos retain superleague title

The Leeds Rhinos have retained their Super League crown with a 26-18 victory over Warrington in front of 70,676 people at Old Trafford. Captain Kevin Sinfield was once again instrumental in the Rhinos success, scoring a rare try and kicking 5 goals from as many attempts.

His performance all the more impressive after suffering 2 crushing injuries during the course of the 80 minutes. His display was enough to earn him the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match.

The victory enabled Rhinos to became Super League's most successful club, with six championships since the competition began in 1996, while former England captain Jamie Peacock celebrated his eighth victory on his record-breaking 10th appearance.

Brian McDermott speaking to Calendar before the game.

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