Leeds United have finally decided to sack manager Simon Grayson after the humiliating defeat at the hands of Birmingham City.
The future of Simon Grayson has been open to discussions for quite some time now. Finally, the club have lost patience in their manager after the 4-1 thrashing at the hands of promotion chasing Birmingham City. One of the main targets for Simon Grayson at the start of the season was to lead a Leeds United to promotion, but at the club are currently struggling to make it into the play-off position. However, Simon Grayson is not entirely at fault for the lacklustre season for Leeds United this time around.
The club have revealed that youth team coach Neil Redfearn will be appointed in the temporary term to oversee the team. Simon Grayson has been a popular figure amongst the fans at Elland Road, but ultimately, the decision to remove him rests within the board. Simon Grayson has been coming under intense pressure recently after the club slipped out of the top six in the table. The 4-1 defeat was the final straw in many ways for the Leeds United board. There has been intense criticism for the ownership of Ken Bates, who has been criticised for not providing proper funds.
However, chairman (and former Chelsea owner) Ken Bates said that funds had been provided for Simon Grayson. “We have to acknowledge the previous three seasons Simon got us to the League One play-offs then promotion and then we finished seventh (in the Championship) and we have backed him all the way. At 30 players, we have one of the largest squads in the Championship and bigger than some in the Premier League,” he told Yorkshire Radio.
Leeds United are currently in the ninth position in the table – two points away from the play-off position. The latest Championship betting places them as fifth favourites to get promoted, with many expecting a late charge for the play-off places as the season progresses.