Grayson sheds a tear over Leeds departure: First reaction to sacking

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SACKED Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has spoken of his disappointment at leaving the club this week.

Having paid the price for a poor run of results in January, the former Leeds trainee was told by chairman Ken Bates on Wednesday that his services were no longer required at Elland Road.

Grayson admitted it was tough to leave the club that he has supported since he was a boy but thanked the fans for their support during his time in charge.

During his time at Leeds, Grayson was in charge of 169 matches, winning 84, drawing 40 and only losing 45.

“At the moment its difficult to make a full statement as legalities haven’t been formalised,” he said. “But, I didn’t want to wait to express my thanks to the Leeds fans who have been magnificent throughout my time at the club.

“Everyone knows how I feel about the club, there have been so many great moments throughout the three years I was the manager, I hope you realise what it meant to me to have been the manager of Leeds United.

“I had a tear in my eye when I left the club 20 years ago (when released as a player) and I had a tear in my eye again yesterday. The only difference was I went with one bin liner of stuff 20 years ago - this time it was three!

“I would like to thank all the players who have played within my three years. Also, my thanks goes to all my staff who have been helpful during my period in charge. I wish the supporters all the best for the future and maybe one day I may get the

chance to come back to this great football club.”