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6th Apr, 2017 | 1:17pm

Leeds manager Garry Monk: This is what I think about Simon Grayson

By Amir Mir

Leeds manager Garry Monk believes Simon Gray has done a “great” job at Preston North End with the duo set to meet at the weekend.

The Whites will host Grayson’s promotion-chasing side at Elland on Saturday afternoon with both sides looking to earn those much-needed three points.

Grayson managed the Elland Road club for three years which included their promotion to the Championship from League One.

The 47-year-old saw his Leeds side finish one place outside of the play-offs after promotion before he was sacked by then-owner Ken Bates in February 2012.

Now, he is the manager at Deepdale where he has guided the club to Premier League hopefuls after promotion from the third tier last season.

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Former Swansea boss Monk had this to say about the Preston senior man who will be looking to cause an upset this Saturday.

“Preston have had a fantastic season so far,” said Monk, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “Simon Grayson has done a great job there.”

At this moment in time, Grayson’s side are eighth in the table on 61 points from their 40 matches, five points adrift of sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

The Lilywhites have been a free-scoring team during this campaign, finding the back of the net on 59 occasions from their 40 matches.

They have scored 12 goals in their last five games, including beating relegation strugglers Bristol City 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Grayson has guided Preston to some impressive wins this term, including beating Aston Villa, Reading and Brighton.

Three points against his former club could boost his side’s chances of finishing in the top six and dent his opponents chances of maintaining their current top six status.

In other Leeds news, Garry Monk has delivered an injury update on this 21-year-old. 

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