Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Uncertainty "tough" for Leeds United

29 January 2014

Manager Brian McDermott was relieved to see Leeds United's five-match losing run end but he will not be happy until the club's future ownership is resolved.

Before this tepid 1-1 draw, the possibility of a takeover was thrust into further doubt when Andrew Flowers, a member of the Sports Capital consortium who are looking to take control, revealed that a revised offer had been rejected by current owners GFH Capital.

McDermott fears the uncertainty may be affecting the players and his hands are tied with the transfer window about to shut on Friday night.

On the field, Ross McCormack rescued a point with a perfectly executed penalty for his 19th goal of the season. David McGoldrick's speculative shot had given Ipswich Town a 57th minute lead as Paddy Kenny was beaten on his near post, but McCormack replied from the spot just five minutes later as skipper Luke Chambers was adjudged to have brought down Cameron Stewart.

McDermott said: "It is tough at the moment, on and off the pitch. We don't want any negativity and we have to stay as positive as we can. I never make excuses for results and we did come from behind for a point, but the preparation for this match was very difficult.

"I am desperate to see an end to uncertainty over the ownership situation. It is all about the stability of the club going forward and we need the right people in place at the top. This is probably one of the most difficult spells I've had as a manager."

McDermott revealed that Luke Varney asked to be left out of the side to avoid the possibility of injury as the clubs discuss his possible departure to Blackburn Rovers, but the manager knows he needs to bring players in if results are to improve.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy said: "We had enough opportunities to win the match and we were on top when we scored. It is frustrating because we went ahead and then Stewart and McCormack did their jobs.

"I couldn't see whether it was a penalty or not on my monitor. Chambo says he never touched him but every penalty I conceded as a player was never a penalty.

"To be fair, when you slide into a tackle inside the box you give the ref an opportunity."

McCarthy, whose side are left four points and one place off a play-off place, added: "It was a really ordinary game - a huff and puff affair. Leeds players were scrapping for Brian, but we took a point."

Leeds rejected a substantial bid for top scorer McCormack from West Ham last week and Leeds fans responded during the game with chants of "McCormack's not for sale."

Advertisement block