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McDermott future unclear

Leeds boss Brian McDermott admitted he has no indication of what the future holds for him following his side's 1-0 defeat at fellow Sky Bet Championship play-off contenders Brighton, while Oscar Garcia is determined not to get carried away.

McDermott said he was waiting on a meeting planned for tomorrow between the Football League and prospective Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.

If Miami-based businessman Cellino can conclude his purchase of United, McDermott's future could immediately be placed in doubt due to the Italian having previously instructed lawyer Chris Farnell to dismiss him from his role as Whites manager.

It was reported that Cellino would be attending the match at the Amex Stadium and would then speak with McDermott, but in the event the Italian had an overnight stay in London ahead of his meeting with the Football League.

McDermott said: "The meeting is planned for Wednesday and I am desperate for it to be sorted. I have no indication of what the future holds for me.

"It's been difficult to concentrate on the football. As a football man you want to concentrate on football matters, as anyone would want to do. I have had great support from the football fraternity.

"He [Cellino] is meeting the Football League tomorrow and I have no idea when I expect to meet him. I think the most important thing is to know who the new owner is going to be."

Argentinean striker Leonardo Ulloa hit the only goal mid-way through the second half to dent United's play-off challenge, but McDermott insists that his men, who are five points off a sixth-placed spot, are "not out of the running".

He added: "We may have a real chance going into the final 10 games five or six points behind a play-off position. The owner situation will be resolved by then and that will be great for everybody."

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia challenged his team to marry their mean streak with a killer instinct after they extended their unbeaten home run to seven games in all competitions.

Brighton have conceded 25 league goals so far this season, with only QPR and Burnley letting in fewer in the Championship, and Garcia wants his men to make more of the chances they create at the other end to improve on a modest tally of 32 goals scored.

The Spaniard said: "We've won the last four home matches by one goal to nil and although it's a good habit we need to be more clinical in front of goal.

"We deserved to win. We created the better chances and it was not easy against one of the league's better quality opposition.

"Leo Ulloa took his goal well and it was a classy finish; everyone knows what he can do. He's a real threat in the box and his goal in our win against Doncaster last Saturday was very important for his confidence.

"We are building a remarkable defensive record and it was pleasing that Ross McCormack, the leading scorer in the Championship with 22 goals, was kept very quiet. All our defenders played really well.

"We are one point off the play-offs but I never think of two weeks ahead. Our only focus is on our next game at home to Hull in the fifth round of the FA Cup."