Brian McDermott has refused the chance to take a break from football by jumping straight back in to management with Leeds United.

Everyone felt rather sorry for Brian McDermott when they heard of his dismissal from Reading - a bizarre stage of the season to sack their manager regardless of their form. 

It was clear to see that McDermott's Reading were struggling as they sat bottom of the Premier League, destined for a quick return to the Championship. 

The owners were left with a difficult decision to either respect the manager who had brought them to the Premier League and let him finish the season or just cut their losses and try to salvage their season by bringing in a fresh face. 

The board at the Madjeski decided on the latter and showed him the door just before they were to play Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It was a strange choice to sack McDermott as it didn’t seem like the owners had a replacement ready. It took the club over two weeks to hire Nigel Adkins, by which time Reading were in deeper relegation trouble.

When Sunderland sacked Martin O’Neil they had his replacement Paolo Di Canio in just a day later. Now they’re reaping the benefits with a 3-0 victory over Sunderland at the weekend.

Leeds sit only six points clear of relegation in the Championship and McDermott is clearly seen as the best man to replace Neil Warnock and ensure Leeds don't get relegated. 

His first game in charge resulted in a 2-1 in the Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday. 

Warnock left Elland Road after losing 2-1 to Derby which left them in a precarious position holding on for dear life just above the relegation zone and needing a few wins to ensure safety. 

He had previously admitted he would leave United if he failed to secure promotion and he has had to swallow his pride and admit defeat as he stepped aside.

Although he was struggling in the Premier League, you have to feel for McDermott. He did very well to get Reading in to the Premier League but a lack of investment made his job of staying there very difficult. 

Leeds are another team looking for promotion back to the top-flight and it is good to see that McDermott still holds enough respect to secure such a big position. Leeds are now likely to stay up and will hope to challenge for promotion next year.

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