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Brian McDermott: Leeds United and Yeovil Town are more similar than you think

By WGSweet  |  Posted: February 09, 2014


Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson and Leeds United boss Brian McDermott greet each other before kick off. Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

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BRIAN McDermott may have left Yeovil Town more than 20 years ago but the returning manager found the similarities between his old club and Leeds United were easy to see.

The former Arsenal winger enjoyed a two-season spell at Huish Park in the early 1990s, netting 19 times in 85 appearances in the top tier of non-League football.

Yesterday he guided his West Yorkshire team to a 2-1 victory over the Glovers, Ross McCormack and Stephen Warnock netting in a resurgent second half.

Describing Yeovil’s rise to the Sky Bet Championship as a “fantastic story”, McDermott said that despite the gulf between the clubs there was plenty in common.

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He said: “I came when it was here like this and it hasn’t changed a lot. I think it’s a great little ground and there are great supporters here.

“It’s a little bit like Leeds in that if you live in Yeovil you support Yeovil and if you live in Leeds you support Leeds.”

Warnock’s lofted free kick that caught out keeper Marek Stech to earn the three points also brought back memories for the visiting boss.

“I scored against Bath (New Year’s Day, 1991) the exact same goal with a right foot in the same end,” said McDermott. “I just knocked it out there and we still got beaten 4-3.”

Leeds arrived in South Somerset just hours after the club announced that Eleonara Sport Ltd - ran by the Cellino family - had secured a 75 per cent stake in the Elland Road.

Having being reportedly dismissed and re-instated in the space of a weekend, McDermott said he had met with potential new manager Gianluca Festa.

The current Leeds boss said: “I think he’s a genuinely good guy, he’s a football guy. He’s played in England, we had a really good conversation.

“It was a difficult ten days, for him as well as everyone else. If I didn’t think he was a good guy we would have a different conversation.

“Sometimes you’ve just got to sort out a difficult situation and that’s what I have done.

“I think as long as everybody has got Leeds United at heart and the only issue is Leeds United, then that is what matters.

“I want to be Leeds United manager, I have got a real hunger and desire to be that. I lost my job at Reading and it’s out of your hands. What is in your hands is to get results and we got that today.”

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