Why the sympathy for McDermott? The owners don't owe him ANYTHING. He's not doing this for free, he gets paid for what he does and will get compensated accordingly. He was a Madejski appointment, not the owner's appointment, and so will never have their full backing anyway. Out with the old and in with the new to begin afresh on a clean slate I say.
Why does he deserve ANY time at all? If you aren't doing ANY job well, no CEO will give you 6 months or a year more to flush away millions just because you're a 'nice guy'.
Point well made, I hear Leeds need a manager ..