McDermott set for Leeds job

  • Last Updated: April 11 2013, 18:14 BST

Betting has been suspended in Sky Bet's next Leeds manager market with reports suggesting Brian McDermott is set to be given the job.

Brian McDermott: Reports suggest he will be the new Leeds manager
Brian McDermott: Reports suggest he will be the new Leeds manager

The former Reading boss was the early favourite to take the role after Neil Warnock's departure but this week saw ex-Chelsea chief Roberto Di Matteo heavily backed to move to the head of the market.

Former Leeds defender Dominic Matteo was cut from 66/1 to 7/1 as he moved to on the list of contenders but now reports suggest McDermott will be the man to take charge at Elland Road.

There was a gamble on McDermott on Wednesday evening and betting was suspended by Sky Bet as the 52-year-old was supported to as short as 1/7

The potential appointment would mean there is a Brian McDermott in charge of both Leeds' football and rugby league clubs - with the other Brian already the Leeds Rhinos chief.

Paul Wiggins of Sky Bet said: "We started to see a steady stream of business for Brian McDermott at just after 1800 BST yesterday evening.

"Whatever price we went to was backed by a different account which is the usual sign that a possible appointment is imminent. We suspended betting after McDermott reached 1/7 and was still being supported.

"This plunge on McDermott comes after decent support earlier in the week for Dominic Matteo so maybe a coaching role beckons for him in a new set up?"

Leeds later said on their official website: "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."


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