Interesting. Nice Guy Brian has approached four players so far and is hopeful that some, or all, may eventually join Leeds. And that's not the end of his recruitment drive either. There's only one problem, money.
McDermott doesn't say that openly of course, that would be far too downbeat. Instead he refuses to put a timescale on when players will join and, using an excellent piece of spin as he turns the money problem into a positive, explains: "The question I always ask of players is ‘do you want to play for this club?’ If
the answer to that is ‘yes, but I’d rather go elsewhere for the sake of
a few quid extra’ then it’s better that the player moves elsewhere.
I’ve no issue with that."
Nice Guy Brian might not have an issue with that, but Leeds fans might reasonably ask, 'Why aren't we able to compete on wages with other clubs in the Championship?' Leeds are a biggish club after all, and have the backing of an Arab bank. So what's going on?
Anybody would think Master Bates was still in charge of the purse strings!