Ross McCormack faces uncertain future at Leeds after sacking of Brian McDermott

Last Updated: 03/02/14 1:49pm

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Ross McCormack's admits to Sky Sports News that his future at Leeds is unclear following the sacking of manager Brian McDermott.

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Ross McCormack admits he has an uncertain future at Leeds United after the sacking of manager Brian McDermott.

McCormack had pledged his loyalty to Leeds earlier in the day after being linked with West Ham and Cardiff, stating his willingness to work under McDermott.

But the manager's nine-month reign at Elland Road is over as the club's owners decided to axe McDermott after a disappointing run of results.

Sky sources understand that six enquiries have been made for the Scotland international in the last few hours.

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, McCormack revealed how his decision to stay at Leeds might not have been so straightforward had he known about McDermott's impending departure.

"The club have decided to sack him unfortunately. Yeah he's gone, he called me up earlier and told me he was gone. It's hard times at the club," said McCormack.

"To be honest I'm absolutely gutted. I had a really close relationship with the manager, as you know he made me the club captain recently, and I said about a couple of hours ago, I was looking forward to continuing to work with Leeds United and Brian McDermott.

"Obviously things have changed a lot quicker than people imagine.

"I'm very happy and content at the club, but I think part of that was Brian McDermott and obviously if I had known earlier on that this was going to happen, I would have a right decision to make.

"At the moment it's still very raw, I'm absolutely gutted."

When asked about the possibility of a move, he said: "As you say there are three hours left so I cannot see anything happening.

"The club have said they are not going to sell me. Whether that changes in the next couple of hours or not, we'll see but I'm lost for words.

"It's the last day of the transfer window, it's incredible. I cannot believe it's happened."

Leeds have slipped to 12th in the Championship table following a run of eight games without a win and McCormack says McDermott was fearing for his future.

"I think he was a little bit surprised in how quick it happened. He always had an inkling it might happen.

"The owners have come in, they obviously want to take it in a different direction and that's up to them. But me speaking on behalf of all of the players, I think they would like to thank the gaffer for his efforts and wish him well in the future."

McCormack later appeared to dismiss speculation about a possible move with a message on twitter.

He tweeted: "Lets all be united tomorrow. An unreal atmosphere and 3 points and move this great club forward. See yous tomorrow!"

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