Following Neil Warnock's departure last week, McDermott became an early front-runner with the bookies. With Neil Redfearn at the helm it was expected that an appointment was going to wait until the summer.
Last Saturday's defeat to Charlton saw Leeds firmly in the relegation battle despite ex-boss Neil Warnock saying his team were one or two players away from slipping into the promotion race.
The vast majority of fans had ex-assistant manager, Gus Poyet as their number one pick but with his £2.5m release clause in place, it's clear to see why Leeds may have steered away from that decision.
Earlier this week, far-fetched rumours suggested that Roberto Di Matteo was the next man at the helm after he became the favourite for the job. Anyone with common sense quickly dispersed that rumour.
The question now seems to be when McDermott will be appointed? Most national newspapers and the Yorkshire Evening Post are certain the former Chief Scout is the man to replace Neil Warnock.
A change is needed and McDermott seems to fit the bill. He's a calm character with plenty of determination to succeed in management. Instead of having time to settle into the Leeds regime he has a fight on his hands to pick up a couple of points so Leeds can steer themselves away from the drop.