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8th Apr, 2017 | 8:40am

Simon Grayson makes huge claim about his time at Leeds

By Amir Mir

Simon Grayson has claimed he had the “opportunity” to join Premier League teams while he was the manager of Leeds.

The 47-year-old, who is now in charge of Preston North End, was at the helm of the Elland Road outfit between 2008-2012.

During that period, he guided the club from their lowest depths in League One back into the Championship where they narrowly missed out on a top-six finish.

Grayson was sacked from his duties at the Yorkshire club five years ago by then-chairman Ken Bates.

Ahead of the Saturday afternoon clash against his former club, Grayson opened up about his time at Leeds as he made this huge claim.

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“It was frustrating [missing out on the play-offs] because, in that period of time, I had the opportunity to go the Premier League with other teams,” Grayson told the Noel Whelan Show on BBC Radio Leeds.

“But, I wanted to fulfil an ambition of helping Leeds go to the Premier League and unfortunately that didn’t happen.”

Former Swansea manager, Garry Monk is now in charge at the Yorkshire club and he has helped them produce promotion form throughout the season.

If Monk can guide Leeds to the play-offs then he will be the first manager in many years to have come close to helping the club end their 13-year absence from the Premier League.

However, following back-to-back defeats, Leeds could find themselves missing out on a top-six finish, just like they did with Grayson.

The Whites are fifth in the table, where they have recorded 69 points, eight points ahead of their weekend opponents.

After this match, five games of the season will remain and a few more wins could help them seal that all important play-off finish.

Ironically, defeat to Grayson’s side could see the chasing pack close in on them in the table.

In other Leeds news, fans have urged Garry Monk to start this senior player for the clash against Preston.

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