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McDermott: Cellino talks good

Brian McDermott admits he will continue to work day-to-day despite having no assurances from prospective Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, with whom he has held "frank" discussions.

McDermott has met the Italian in Leeds for the first time since he was reportedly sacked on January 31 and admits there were "good conversations" between the pair.

Should the Football League ratify Cellino's bid - a decision they have been deliberating for the past fortnight - to buy a 75 per cent stake in the Elland Road club, the 57-year-old will preside over McDermott.

Cellino's attempt to dismiss the former Reading boss was quashed by present owners Gulf Finance House, claiming the Cagliari president lacked authority to make such a decision, and attempts made to restore relations between the duo have so far been positive.

"I didn't ask for any assurances," McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "It's not something I'd ask any owner for.

"I'll work to the best of my ability every day, that's all I can guarantee. My staff do the same and so do the players. I've never once asked for assurances and I wouldn't from any owner.

"We had a good discussion. It was fine. We talked about football because he's a football man. We talked about what he's done in his career and talked about what I've done. We talked about football a lot."

McDermott, who guided the Royals to Premier League promotion before being named Championship Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association, believes his healthy record will stand him in good stead.

Judgement

"I've won the Championship, been in the Premier League and been in two quarter-finals," he added. "Your record is what's important as a manager. You're talking about facts.

"I want to win more games than we're winning at the moment, that's the long and short of it, but for me every manager is judged on results. My position will always depend on results."

McDermott remains coy on the nature of discussions held with Cellino, but insists the talks have been optimistic.

"Yeah, we had a good conversation," he claimed. "It was frank and it went well. The details of the conversation - that's for me and him.

"The most important thing for me is that when it's decided who the owner's going to be, and I'm sure that will be pretty soon, I'll have no problem working with Massimo. None at all."

Cellino was at United's Thorp Arch training ground during the week as McDermott finalised plans for Saturday's Championship game at Middlesbrough, and the coach claims it is business as usual for him.

"Nothing's changed as far as I'm concerned," he said. "I work day to day to the best of my ability.

"We're trying to do everything that's good for Leeds United. Anybody who can help Leeds United and bring the club forward is going to be a friend of ours."