Lives of Brian: facts about new Leeds boss

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott (right) and assistant Nigel Gibbs
Leeds United manager Brian McDermott (right) and assistant Nigel Gibbs
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LEEDS United today appointed Brian McDermott as their new boss, meaning the West Yorkshire city now has two sporting clubs with managers of the same name.

Six-time Super League champions Leeds Rhinos are also led by Brian McDermott and, in another curious twist, both teams have wingers called Ryan Hall.

To avoid any confusion, here are the key differences.

Personal details (United first): Brian James McDermott, born Slough, April 8 1961; Brian G McDermott, born Wakefield, March 16 1970.

Playing career: Arsenal, Fulham, IFK Norrkoping, Oxford, Huddersfield, Cardiff, Exeter, Yeovil, South China, Slough; Bradford Northern, Great Britain, England.

Playing honours: Second Division title (Oxford), Fourth Division title (Exeter); Super League, Challenge Cup, World Club Challenge (all Bradford).

Managerial career: Slough, Woking, Reading; Harlequins, Leeds.

Managerial honours: Championship title (Reading, 2012); Super League, World Club Challenge (Leeds 2011, 2012).

Interesting fact: Was called Heston by some of his Reading players in reference to his looking like TV chef Heston Blumenthal - the pair also go to the same gym; Before taking up professional sport served in the navy where he boxed as an amateur, while he also had one professional fight in 1996, beating John Pierre on points.