Wage bill woe affecting Leeds admits Brian McDermott

Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott

Today is payday at Leeds United. Whether the players and staff receive their wages remains in serious doubt.

In the latest sorry chapter in the tumultuous recent history of a proud club, arguments raged this week as to who would be stumping up the cash for the simple task of paying the club’s employees.

Current owners GFH Capital and prospective buyer Massimo Cellino have been at loggerheads over the issue.

GFH believe Cellino – who helped to pay the last two wage bills – committed to covering the club’s running costs for six months after they agreed to his takeover offer.

But Cellino is understood to have refused to put any more cash into Leeds until his appeal is heard over the Football League’s decision to block his takeover.

Brian McDermott has ceased with the usual insistence from managers that boardroom matter do not affect the playing squad.

After one win in eight – coming against bottom side Millwall – it is hard to disagree with the beleaguered boss, who finds himself under increasing fire after Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth.

“There’s all the talk of who’s going to be in as owner, talk of who’s going to be paid,” McDermott said. “I’m not going to make excuses but it does affect results.

“I’m trying to keep as clear a head as I can.

“Obviously I’m going to get criticised and I understand that completely after a performance like Tuesday’s.

“But I do know that I’m trying to keep everything on an even keel as best I can.”

McDermott will again be without Jimmy Kebe but keeper Paddy Kenny is fit.

Rodolph Austin, Sam Byram and Luke Murphy are all carrying knocks.