Sky Bet Championship: Leeds boss Brian McDermott eyes promotion
Leeds boss Brian McDermott believes promotion is still possible, provided the club's ownership problems are resolved.
Last Updated: 24/02/14 1:11pm
Leeds missed the chance to close the gap on the play-off places after defeat to Brighton on Tuesday night as off-field drama continues to cast a shadow over the club.
If Miami-based businessman Massimo Cellino can conclude his purchase of the club, McDermott's future could immediately be placed in doubt, but the Leeds manager is focused on getting the Whites back in the top flight.
"We're not out of the running," McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"You've got to believe that we've still got a real chance of getting there.
"With 10 games to go if we're four or five points off the top six then who knows? We'll have home games coming up and we might have a chance.
"At that stage I'm pretty sure that the ownership situation will have been resolved too. That would be great for everybody."
Meanwhile, McDermott defended his decision to leave Cameron Stewart out of his squad at Brighton on Tuesday as part of a strategy to extend his 93-day loan further into the season.
Leeds took the decision to suspend his emergency loan after an initial month and renew it next week, thus he will only miss their final match against Derby.
"You make a call," McDermott added.
"He only misses one game at the back end of the season and that's the call we made. If he'd played on Tuesday he'd have missed three or four games towards the end of the season. In effect, he didn't play so it means he'll only miss one - Derby on the last day."
Stewart will sign a three-year contract at Leeds when his deal at Hull expires in June.