Leeds United boss rules out Irish job for now

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Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has insisted he is going nowhere after being linked with the vacant Republic of Ireland manager’s post.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s five-year reign came to an end after Tuesday’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Austria and the Whites manager was immediately installed as one of the favourites to take over.

But in comments made today McDermott said he remained “100 per cent” committed to the Elland Road club.

He said: “I feel I have been kind of adopted here at Leeds and I owe these supporters. The Ireland job is for the future for me.

“I owe this club and the supporters. I am 100 per cent committed.”

McDermott, who has Irish parents, joined Leeds on a three-year deal in April after leaving Reading.

He was one of the contenders mentioned by Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney after the departure of Trapattoni.

“Names like [Mick] McCarthy, Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane all come into the pot - Martin O’Neill, of course,” Delaney told Irish radio station Newstalk.