Sky Bet Championship: Brian McDermott bemoans takeover saga, while Bournemouth remain buoyant
Leeds manager Brian McDermott blamed the club's off-field problems for his side's 4-1 thrashing at Bournemouth.
Last Updated: 25/03/14 11:31pm
Yann Kermorgant and top-scorer Lewis Grabban both scored twice as the Cherries continued their recent good form in the Championship with an emphatic victory.
Leeds' defeat came just 24 hours after the Football League blocked a takeover bid by Italian businessman Massimo Cellino, plunging the Yorkshire club's future into doubt.
And an unimpressed McDermott said: "We need the ownership of this club to be sorted in the right and proper way. It does affect what is going on, on the pitch - there is no doubt about that.
"I have not had this before, a team that concedes four or five goals and we need to sort it out very, very quickly.
"I do not think anybody has given up but it is bitterly disappointing for me to try and understand, or explain, that performance."
While admitting the off-field scenario at Elland Road could prove a distraction, McDermott admits performance levels remain the players' responsibility.
"We cannot make excuses, we have to get it right on the pitch," he added.
"I do not think we have control but we are not out of control. We need to have the ownership absolutely clear and clarified.
"To have somebody come in and take this club to where it really belongs, with clout, would be fantastic."
Bournemouth outclassed the beleaguered visitors from the first whistle and took the lead inside two minutes when Kermorgant poked home from a Simon Francis volley.
In-form Grabban hit a brace before Kermorgant sealed the Cherries' fifth win in six minutes just three minutes after half-time, while Leeds captain Ross McCormack's 69th-minute strike proved no more than a consolation goal.
Eddie Howe's assistant Jason Tindall refused to rule out a late surge for the play-off places places, with his side now just seven points adrift of the top six.
"If we can keep working as hard as we are and performing how we are then hopefully we can close that gap to the play-offs and come the end of the season who knows what can happen," he said.
"We are confident at the moment and are pleased with our performances but we will still take one game at a time.
"Our main aim from now until the end of the season is to win all the games we play in, and that has been our attitude for the last 10 or 11 games.
"Earlier in the season we didn't get what we deserved in a number of games but in the last 10 games or so our performances have been terrific."