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Leeds United To Appoint Brian McDermott As Manager, Who Shares Same Name As Leeds Rhinos Boss

11/04/2013 09:34 BST | Updated 11/04/2013 09:35 BST

When Andy Goram was diagnosed as schizophrenic, Celtic fans came up with the immortal "There's only two Andy Gorams" chant. Now Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos fans may follow a similar path with former Reading boss Brian McDermott - who shares the same name as the Rhinos' coach - set to be appointed the new manager at Elland Road.

McDermott, sacked by Reading last month, will take over from Neil Warnock after he stayed loyal to his vow he would would resign if Leeds were not promoted to the Premier League this season.

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Marching on together...

Fifty-two-year-old McDermott guided Reading to promotion in 2012, a year after they were defeated 4-2 by Swansea City in a thrilling Play-off final.

Leeds have not played in the top flight since the 2003-04 season. They reached the 2006 Play-Off final but were beaten 3-0 by Watford and in 2007 were relegated to League One. They won promotion back to the Championship under Simon Grayson in 2010.

The Whites Leeds sit 17th in the Championship and are just five points clear of the bottom three following four consecutive defeats.