McDermott aims to return Leeds glory days

Leeds manager Brian McDermott has told the Yorkshire Eveing Post that his side will not follow the model of Brighton, or of any other club, to outline their future plan for success in the Championship.

“We won’t aspire to be anyone else,” a resolute McDermott said. “You’re talking about Leeds United here. Leeds United don’t have to aspire to be anybody. We’re not looking to aspire to be anyone else because we don’t need to. Our history suggests that we don’t need to.”

Brighton, managed by former Leeds assistant Gus Poyet, currently sit fourth and can confirm their place in the promotion play-offs, when they travel to Elland Road tomorrow afternoon. Albion were promoted to the Championship two years ago and have been a model of success since, with their move into their new Amex Stadium seeing the club become the highest supported club in the Championship with very realistic Premier League ambitions still to fulfil.

Poyet, a popular figure amongst the Leeds faithful is touted to one day make a return to Elland Road as manager himself. But both managers will be sticking firmly to the task in hand tomorrow afternoon, and McDermott is fully focused despite Leeds already confirmed as a Championship side next season.

“At the moment I want us to finish the season on a high, play some good football, get the right results and then move on. The players shouldn’t need to be motivated to go and play at Elland Road, I certainly wouldn’t.”

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