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Pearson backs McDermott

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said Leeds counterpart Brian McDermott will only achieve success at Elland Road when he has been allowed time to build his own side.

Pearson guided Leicester to play-off disappointment last season, but saw Saturday's 1-0 win at Leeds extend their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship to five points.

McDermott, who steered Reading to promotion to the Barclays Premier League in 2012, replaced Neil Warnock as permanent manager towards the end of last season.

Leeds rose to within a point of the play-off places before Christmas but have lost their last four matches, though the narrow defeat against Pearson's side restored a bit of pride following a 6-0 rout at Sheffield Wednesday.

"When you manage a club with the sort of history that this club has there is always going to be a weight of expectation," Pearson said.

"Certainly results like last week, I know because I've heard and read that they've had meetings, it will have hurt him.

"I think he's a good manager and there's no quick fix and I think sometimes you've got to recognise exactly where you're at.

"It doesn't matter what's happened in the past in terms of the history, you've got to deal with the present and at the moment it's been tough for Leeds.

"But Brian's a very hard-working manager and he's shown that he can have success.

"We all hope that we get the time to build the type of side that reflects how we as managers want to play football and until he has the opportunity to build his own side then it's going to be difficult, but hopefully he will be allowed the time."