Leeds bring axe down on Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott is no longer the manager of Leeds.
The news of the 52-year-old's departure comes at the end of a dramatic day at Elland Road which saw the club's ownership issues catapulted back into the spotlight.
United are in the midst of a takeover, which it is understood will be completed by the Italian Massimo Cellino, and throughout the week it has quickly become apparent that McDermott was not his man.
Cellino, the owner of Serie A side Cagliari, has had a delegation in Leeds for the last week as he prepares to sign off a 75 per cent purchase of the club from Gulf Finance House.
One of his party is the former Middlesbrough defender Gianluca Festa and it is understood that on Tuesday it was asked if Festa could sit in the dugout with McDermott during Leeds' 1-1 draw with Ipswich.
It is thought Festa is Cellino's first choice to replace McDermott but until Friday the chance had not arisen.
But, as it emerged that Cellino was in the driving seat to buy the club after a management buyout by current managing director David Haigh collapsed, McDermott's position looked all the more vulnerable.
Speaking yesterday, McDermott admitted he was not sure if he would be in charge of the club beyond their Championship derby against Huddersfield Town.
"I've got no idea if I'll be here after Saturday's match," said the former Reading manager.
"In football any game could be your last match so you have to make the most of it, especially at a club like Leeds United."