LEGENDARY Leeds United striker Mick Jones believes several of Brian McDermott’s signings let him down in the final analysis following his departure from Elland Road.
McDermott left United late on Friday night by mutual consent, a development that Jones admits he was not surprised by following an almost ceaseless bout of speculation about his future – which intensified after Massimo Cellino’s deal to buy the club was ratified.
McDermott’s record at United was mixed, with Jones of the view that a number of his captures didn’t live up to expectations – and help his own cause.
On McDermott’s exit, Jones said: “I think it was expected. I don’t think anyone is really surprised.
“It’s sad really as I feel some of the players he got in let him down and didn’t play for him at all.
“The crowd got on the players’ backs and he brought them in and obviously has got to take the blame for that.
“That was one of the things. But it’s sad as he was a nice guy. But when new owners come in, they have their own ideas and it is a new start and new era for the club. I wouldn’t be surprised if he (Cellino) brings someone he knows in and he’s probably got someone in mind. He will have his own ideas.”
Jones added: “It will interesting from this summer. There’s a lot of work to do down there.
“It’s a big squad and there’s a lot to be done with that. Obviously, there’s money problems and there’s a lot to be done with the club and let’s hope it gets sorted out.
“He (Cellino) seems to be one of those who does not mess around much. We’ll see.”
Ex-Leeds United captain Trevor Cherry admits to feeling empathy with McDermott, with the Slough-born manager having to deal with all manner of the off-the-field problems at the club.
But he believes that some poor results, particularly this year, fatally weakened his position.
Cherry said: “I am not too surprised as Leeds had a poor season. The squad just didn’t perform. Obviously there were all the off-the-field problems and it has been difficult; I remember having problems in that regard at Bradford. Unfortunately, despite the off-the-field stuff, a manager’s job is to get results. That’s the bottom line and Leeds weren’t good enough last season.
“Whoever comes here has to get the squad giving 100 per cent every week on the field and get back to basics really. It’s about the squad training well all week and giving their all on a Saturday.”