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Diouf reveals Leeds confusion

El-Hadji Diouf admits there was widespread confusion amongst the Leeds United players after manager Brian McDermott was briefly sacked last week.

McDermott was informed last Friday that he no longer had a job, but his departure became farcical when it emerged the solicitor who spoke to the Whites boss did not have the authority to sack him.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding McDermott's future, Leeds still secured an impressive 5-1 thrashing of Huddersfield in the Sky Bet Championship in his absence on Saturday.

Leeds appear to have some stability for now after McDermott regained his position and Diouf has revealed how the players were left baffled by the turn of events.

"There was two days, no-one understand, no-one tell us, we don't understand," said the veteran winger. "They change the squad two times Friday til Saturday, change the team three times as well.

"We don't understand until right now, but I think the good thing is the team winning and now everything is okay and it looks like normal days.

"We work hard with the gaffer and he came to training on Monday. We're still working with him, we like to work with him.

"It's always nice to have a gaffer who loves football and he's a nice guy as well."

The 33-year-old Senegal international has played in a host of countries, but insists even he was left stunned by life at Elland Road last weekend.

"People like myself, I've been everywhere around the world, I've never seen a situation like that," he said.

"I was very sorry for the fans and for the football club and for the people who love football."