It’s probably been on the cards for awhile now, what with results not going our way in recent times. Getting beaten @ home by Birmingham 4-1, after leading 1-0, will not have helped matters, that is for certain. However, I thought that Grayson may have had the chance to stay at the club until the end of the season – afterall we are only a handful of points away from the illustrious play-off spots.
Grayson’s tenure, which started in December 2008 after replacing Gary McAllister, was a fairly successful one – relatively speaking – one that will long live in the memory of LUFC fans out there. Guiding us in to the 08-09 play-off spots, losing out to Millwall. However, Grayson went on to steer Leeds to promotion the following year, coming up in Runners-up position to Norwich City. A winning goal by Jermaine Beckford sealed promotion to the Championship – one step closer to the promised land.
However, the promotion wasn’t to be Grayson, nor Beckford’s, greatest memory at Leeds. This moment in January 2010, 3rd January 2010 to be exact of a famous Leeds win. Knocking out eternal enemies, Manchester United @ Old Trafford, in the FA Cup 3rd Round – Beckford getting the only goal.
2010/2011 season ended with Leeds missing out on the play-off spots.
2011/2012 had an indifferent start to the season, but putting on a 7 league match unbeaten run put us amongst the front runners in the Championship. However, with a very poor December where we only won one game out of 5, we dropped out of the play-off spots. January wasn’t that much better, culminating in the 4-1 home loss to Birmingham, thus ending the three year reign of Grayson.
Some may even look to off-the-field events that could have been the start of the downfall of Grayson. A sad day at the end of November 2011, which could have had a mental strain on Grayson – the death of one of his long time friend, Gary Speed. Some may look at his marital issues, after a possible affair with an LUFC employee, leading to him leaving his wife in 2011.
Although despite this, many LUFC fans don’t point the finger at Grayson for his time at Leeds, they lay the full blame at chairman, Ken Bates. Who rather than invest money in to the squad in the way Norwich City & Southampton have done in recent years. Both clubs played in League 1 with Leeds in recent years – one now sits mid-table in the Premiership and t’other sits in the promotion places to the Premiership this year. Ken has faced a rough time from LUFC fans, in recent times, many still don’t like the guy from his Chelsea past. Many though are just simply not happy with the way he has run our club over the last 7 years – going in to administration in 2007 and the dodgy way that he became sole owner of the club.
So the future of LUFC again looks uncertain, even when we sit in 9th place – 2pts away from the play-off spots. Neil Redfearn has gotten off to the perfect start to his caretaker of LUFC position, beating Bristol Rovers 3-0. However, with rumors that Neil Warnock or Steve Evans, from Crawley Town, could take over the realms in the coming weeks it doesn’t sit pretty with me. One name mentioned is Sven-Goran Eriksson entertains me. I always admired him at England, despite his off-field antics with his women. He had an excellent record and I wouldn’t be upset to see him at Leeds United.
Marching on Together.