Quitting is not an option, says McDermott

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has issued an impassioned response to questions about his future – saying he does not question his role in charge of the club.

McDermott has overseen a horrendous few months for Leeds, with last year’s treble winners languishing at the bottom of the table with the Super 8s fast approaching.

Defeat tonight to Catalans to put them within touching distance of a stint in the Qualifiers later this year, but McDermott said at his pre-match press conference that he does not have any doubt about his ability to do his job.

“Do I question myself? Of course. You question yourself in any of these situations,” he said. “Do I question my role or influence on the group? No. I understand why you ask that question, I suppose you have got to ask that question.

“But, if you want to speak about personal things, there are certain things that have been out of my control. Two major factors (injuries and loss of training facilities) have been out of my control.

“You don’t ask for a perfect landscape but it needs to be a little better than what it is before you start pointing the finger and saying ‘you got the recruitement wrong, the coach isn’t doing this.

“That’s an easy one to do at this point of time.”