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Amidst Deadline Day flurry, Leeds sack Brian McDermott

Jan 31, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

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Amidst a run of poor form and a new ownership at the club, Leeds United have parted ways with manager Brian McDermott.

The 52-year-old took over for Neil Warnock last year, and had Leeds in the top half of the Championship table earlier in the season.

But with four losses in their last five matches, and a disagreement with new Italian owners, his tenure has come to an end.

According to the Telegraph, prospective new owner Massimo Cellino wanted to put an aide in the dugout with McDermott in their 1-1 draw with Ipswich on Tuesday, which infuriated McDermott.

This is apparently just one incident in a number of run-ins between the new regime and the ex-boss in a messy few weeks.

The takeover isn’t complete yet, with the deal still awaiting approval from the Football League’s Owners and Directors, with Cellino having previously been convicted of fraud.

The most immediate fallout of this news could be with striker Ross McCormack.  The 27-year-old former Cardiff City player said he was “absolutely gutted” by the sacking, and according to Sky Sports six Premier League teams immediately contacted Leeds about his availability.

The odd thing about the situation is that literally hours before the news of McDermott’s sacking, McCormack had pledged his future to Leeds, saying, “I look forward to continue playing at the club under Brian McDermott for the rest of the season.”

Now, though, McCormack declared it “sad times” at the club. With the transfer window less than an hour from closing, it’s doubtful he could move with so little time left, but the summer could be a chance for him to go.

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