Leeds defender Lees backs McDermott style

Leeds United defender Tom Lees has joined a group of players hailing the calming influence of new manager Brian McDermott since his appointment according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The former Reading boss has seen a winning start to his spell in at Elland Road, overseeing home victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley on Tuesday to ease relegation worries.

And Lees, in particular puts this down to a more relaxed atmosphere around the club since McDermott’s arrival.

“This group of players seem to have had a reaction with this manager and we like the way he’s doing things. I can only speak personally but I felt a much better atmosphere coming to Elland Road on Tuesday. I felt more relaxed, like I didn’t have any weight on my shoulders.”

McDermott’s predecessor, Neil Warnock had seen the end of his tenure at the club surrounded by much restlessness and discontent at the club.

After a bright start to the league season, along with famous wins over Everton and Tottenham in cup competition, a decline in results saw them slip just five points clear of the relegation zone with the play-offs drifting out of sight. A 2-1 loss to Derby which signalled six matches without a win saw the end for the under-fire Warnock.

However, Lees claims the calming influence of McDermott has signalled the start of a fresh new era for the club as they can look ahead.

“It’s the start of a new season if you like. Without trying to curse things, we should be safe now and we’re looking to build towards next season.”

Leeds travel to Birmingham City today in the Championship in McDermott’s first match on the road at the Yorkshire club.

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