Former Reading manager Brian McDermott on verge of taking Leeds United job

Former Reading boss Brian McDermott is believed to be on the verge of being appointed the new Leeds United manager.

Betting on McDermott for the job has been suspended and Leeds have issued a short statement.

It said: “The process of appointing a permanent replacement for Neil Warnock has progressed significantly this week and when all matters are finalised we will be in a position to make a formal announcement.

“Neil Redfearn will remain as caretaker manager until such time when an appointment is made and he is being kept informed of the situation by the club’s board.”

McDermott was sacked by Premier League Reading last month and takes over at Elland Road with the club sitting perilously just five points above the Championship relegation zone with five games to go.

The 52-year-old would replace Warnock, who parted company with the whites on Easter Monday following a 2-1 defeat to Derby County. Redfearn has been in charge since and in his firsr game as caretaker boss, Leeds were beaten 2-1 after a 95th minute goal at Charlton Athletic last Saturday.

It is unclear at the moment who will be in the dugout for the crucial clash with local rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday lunchtime.

Former Barnsley midfielder Redfearn did hold the pre-match press conference this afternoon.

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