Boyhood Leeds fan wants dream return to club after previous four-year successful spell - report
By Richard Parks
Simon Grayson is hankering after a “dream return” to Leeds United as manager, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim the 48-year-old considers it his favourite possible job after a successful four-year spell in charge of the club from 2008 to 2012.
It is said that the former Leeds player, who graduated from the club’s youth team, is a boyhood fan of the Championship giants and retains immense affection for them.
The Mail report comes amid growing pressure on current manager Thomas Christiansen, who was appointed as the successor to Garry Monk last summer.
Christiansen steered Leeds to the top of the Championship table in early September but the team have dropped to 10th in the division after failing to win a single game since Boxing Day and were dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two minnows Newport County last month.
The team’s disciplinary issues were laid bare once again in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City as Gaetano Berardi became the fourth player in a handful of matches to be sent off, following Samuel Saiz, Eunan O’Kane and Liam Cooper.
Grayson took charge of Leeds in 2008 and led them to promotion from League One in 2010 as well as steering them to a seventh-place finish in the second tier in 2010-11.
But he was dismissed by previous owner Ken Bates in 2012 with the club just three points off the play-off places in what was regarded at the time as highly controversial move.
No Leeds manager has bettered Grayson’s seventh place finish in the Championship since his departure, although Garry Monk did match that feat last season.
Grayson subsequently managed Huddersfield, Preston North End and Sunderland, who sacked him earlier this season after a short spell in charge.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be revealed that a centre-forward who has player for the team this season has had his contract terminated.