New manager Brian McDermott confident Leeds will avoid relegation
New Leeds boss Brian McDermott is confident the squad he has inherited has the ability to avoid relegation.
Last Updated: 13/04/13 12:05pm
McDermott was appointed as Neil Warnock's successor at Elland Road on Friday and will lead the side for Saturday's home game against Sheffield Wednesday.
After spending much of the season aspiring to make the play-offs, United now find themselves just five points off the bottom three following a run of four successive defeats.
But McDermott was pleased with what he saw when he met his new players for the first time.
"What I found is a lot of respect around the training ground," the former Reading manager told Sky Sports News. "They are all going in the same direction. There is a real nice feeling about the place.
"I'm always confident in myself and I've got good staff here. I'm confident in the players and we are going to do the best we can over this period of time."
McDermott revealed that he expected to remain out of work until the summer but the lure of managing Leeds was an opportunity he could not turn down.
"I thought this would come in the summer and not at this point but it just feels right for me," he said. "There is probably no other club I would come to other than this one. Having been around the place it feels right for me."
McDermott admitted that it had taken him a short amount of time to get over being sacked by Reading - a club he led to promotion last season - in March but he is now looking to the future.
"I had to pick myself up for about three days but after that I wanted to move forward," added McDermott. "It was a shock to me at the time but now I'm looking forward and I'm privileged to be managing such a superb football club."
Leeds chief executive Shaun Harvey admitted that the club's perilous league position meant they could not wait until the summer to appoint a new manager.
"We have to make sure we don't get relegated. We don't want to take that gamble," he said.
"People may think this is knee-jerk but, we identified a number of targets and
this is the only man we offered the job to. Brian has taken us on face value and has a positive attitude to take us forward."