AFC Bournemouth: Howe has sympathy with Leeds boss McDermott

Bournemouth Echo: LEEDS BOSS: Brian McDermott LEEDS BOSS: Brian McDermott

CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe admits he has sympathy with opposite number Brian McDermott over the uncertainty surrounding a proposed takeover at Leeds.

Massimo Cellino’s bid to buy a 75 per cent stake in the club was last week put in doubt when the 57-year-old Italian was found guilty of failing to pay import duty on a yacht.

Cellino, who has owned Serie A club Cagliari for 20 years, is understood to have invested £6 million in Leeds and today learned that the Football League would not ratify his takeover, although he could appeal.

McDermott was dragged into the saga at the end of January when it appeared he had been sacked by the prospective new owner, with Cellino understood to have been keen to install Gianluca Festa, the former Middlesbrough and Watford defender, as the club’s new head coach.

However, current owners Gulf Finance House Capital were subsequently forced to release a statement insisting McDermott remained in his post, while Cellino later revealed he had tried to telephone the former Reading manager in a bid to “reinstate” him.

Howe, who was at the helm when Cherries were taken over by the Murry Group in 2009, told the Daily Echo: “It is difficult to know the impact it is having on them because every case is different. With us, we went through a whole range of scenarios and used them to help in terms of the adversity and I found it quite a good way to motivate the players.

“But I think the Leeds situation is different and there has been a lot of confusion at the club. Like most managers up and down the country, I certainly feel for Brian and the situation he has faced. I think he is an excellent manager and proved that by getting promotion from this league with Reading. He has all the ingredients you need to be successful and you hope it has a happy ending for him.”

Previewing tomorrow’s clash at Dean Court, when Cherries will be hoping to stop the Championship’s top marksman Ross McCormack adding to his 26-goal haul, Howe said: “He has had an excellent season. He is a real livewire and they have good players around him as well. They have talent on the pitch and an excellent manager. It has just been unfortunate for them how the season has unfolded.

“It will be an interesting battle between two teams who are evenly matched and close in the league table. We have been good defensively recently and they have been an attacking threat all season.

“We were frustrated with the game at Elland Road in October where we lost a man early and fought valiantly but ended up with nothing. It will be good to see the teams and how they have changed since that game. It is a good chance for us to show we have improved.”

Howe said he had no fresh injury concerns to report ahead of the contest, while Leeds will be forced to do without striker Connor Wickham who has been recalled from a loan spell by parent club Sunderland.

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6:13pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Nat1234 says...

I have no sympathy what so ever , with anything connected with Leeds , I hope they go bust . It would do football a favour . ..
I have no sympathy what so ever , with anything connected with Leeds , I hope they go bust . It would do football a favour . .. Nat1234
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7:07pm Mon 24 Mar 14

abc100 says...

Sympathy and Leeds do not belong in the same sentance
Sympathy and Leeds do not belong in the same sentance abc100
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7:15pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Nat1234 says...

I see I've got 4 thumbs down . Must be a lot of secret Leeds fans on here . Hope you lot won't beat me up tmw .
I see I've got 4 thumbs down . Must be a lot of secret Leeds fans on here . Hope you lot won't beat me up tmw . Nat1234
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7:32pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Richard 1976 says...

Hate isn't a strong enough word..they're just a joke these days
Hate isn't a strong enough word..they're just a joke these days Richard 1976
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Mon 24 Mar 14

curryandstella says...

I feel sorry for Brian but not for them. People must have short memories if you vote thumbs down.
I feel sorry for Brian but not for them. People must have short memories if you vote thumbs down. curryandstella
  • Score: 8

10:01pm Mon 24 Mar 14

matt68 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
I see I've got 4 thumbs down . Must be a lot of secret Leeds fans on here . Hope you lot won't beat me up tmw .
they only will if there is 4 on 1
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: I see I've got 4 thumbs down . Must be a lot of secret Leeds fans on here . Hope you lot won't beat me up tmw .[/p][/quote]they only will if there is 4 on 1 matt68
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10:01pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bobsworthforever says...

I think we will be too strong for Leeds tomorrow no wonder we are favourites to beat them couldn't care a less about their problems brought in on themselves
I think we will be too strong for Leeds tomorrow no wonder we are favourites to beat them couldn't care a less about their problems brought in on themselves bobsworthforever
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10:04pm Mon 24 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

curryandstella wrote:
I feel sorry for Brian but not for them. People must have short memories if you vote thumbs down.
Here, here, McDermott seems a decent guy and Pearce is due a welcome back, other than that I hope we make an intimidating atmosphere to remember for their fans and the rest of the team, this is bigger than playing the Saints, LUFC welcome to the Hellsands!!
[quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: I feel sorry for Brian but not for them. People must have short memories if you vote thumbs down.[/p][/quote]Here, here, McDermott seems a decent guy and Pearce is due a welcome back, other than that I hope we make an intimidating atmosphere to remember for their fans and the rest of the team, this is bigger than playing the Saints, LUFC welcome to the Hellsands!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 4

10:04pm Tue 25 Mar 14

galadriel says...

matt68 wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
I see I've got 4 thumbs down . Must be a lot of secret Leeds fans on here . Hope you lot won't beat me up tmw .
they only will if there is 4 on 1
Strangely predictive use of numbers there, Matt! :-)
[quote][p][bold]matt68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: I see I've got 4 thumbs down . Must be a lot of secret Leeds fans on here . Hope you lot won't beat me up tmw .[/p][/quote]they only will if there is 4 on 1[/p][/quote]Strangely predictive use of numbers there, Matt! :-) galadriel
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