Former Leeds manager delivers scathing verdict on team's 13th-place finish
By Alex Stevens
Paul Grayson has claimed Leeds have massively underachieved this season given the size of their budget and fanbase.
Leeds rounded off their campaign on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Preston to secure a 13th-placed Championship finish.
This is six places below the seventh-place finished overseen by Grayson when he was manager of the club back in 2010-11, comfortably the best finish since their return to the Championship.
Grayson, who is also a lifelong Leeds fans, managed to steer Preston to 11th in the table, three points and two places ahead of the Yorkshire giants.
“The seventh place I got has never been bettered since I left,” said Grayson, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “When I got sacked the following season, Leeds were only three points off the play-offs.
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“People made that decision, I had to accept it even if I didn’t agree with it – that is part of history now.
“Leeds are a big club and have not been getting anywhere near the expectancy levels which the supporters have.
“When they look back over the course of this season, Leeds will be thinking they have under-achieved.
“With the size of club they are, the budget they have which is probably two or three times bigger than ours, they should be striving for the top six.”
QPR’s 1-0 win over Bristol City on Saturday afternoon denied Leeds the top-half finish that they had began the afternoon hoping for.
Steve Evans’ side finished the season with 59 points from their 46 Championship matches.
A second-half Chris Wood penalty had given the visitors hopes of ending their campaign with a notable win at Preston.
But the hosts took advantage of a terrible Scott Wootton mistake in added time to score the equaliser through Jordan Hugill.