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McDermott grateful for support

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has revealed he has had a lot of support since his sacking and subsequent reinstatement as boss at Elland Road.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is among those who have been in touch with McDermott after he was axed ahead of the home game against Huddersfield Town earlier this month.

The 52-year-old was back at the helm last Monday following the 5-1 victory as Massimo Cellino was still to complete his takeover of the Championship club from Gulf Finance House Capital and he says he has had no recent contact with the Italian.

McDermott subsequently guided Leeds to a 2-1 win at Yeovil Town last weekend and he is now firmly focused on Tuesday's game at Brighton & Hove Albion.

He told Sky Sports News: "I'm not swimming in the dark. The only thing I am thinking of is the game against Brighton - everything else is out of my hands.

"The ownership of the football club will be sorted out in due course - hopefully sooner rather than later - but I am certainly not swimming in the dark.

"I am obviously speaking to GFH because they are the owners of the football club and that has been their instruction to deal with GFH as in such time there is a new owner.

"Nigel Pearson texted me the other day and he is top of the league. It was about half past two just before his game - so it just shows you what a good guy (he is).

"I have had a lot of support, I really have. It's just been fantastic really."