Not much of a surprise here: after just over a year in charge at Leeds United, Brian McDermott left the club ‘by mutual consent’ on Friday.
Leeds have been distinctly unimpressive since winning promotion from League One in 2010: despite narrowly missing the playoffs in their first season back in the second tier, three consecutive bottom half finishes combined with eye watering levels of debt have currently left them looking more likely to return to League One than the Premier League.
Three permanent managers – all of whom had experience at winning at this level – have come and gone in the last three seasons and although there’s apparently no obvious successor to McDermott, the bookies have made former Middlesbrough and Portsmouth defender Gianluca Festa the favourite for the job. That’s despite the fact that Festa hasn’t managed for over a year and his last job was with a third tier side in Italy.
2014/15 could be a very long season for Leeds.