Leeds United: Grayson’s private joy to get upper hand - Ormsby

SPECIAL DAY: Huddersfield Town boss Simon Grayson leads the celebrations after his side beat Sheffield United in the League One play-off final at Wembley to join old club Leeds United in the Championship.
SPECIAL DAY: Huddersfield Town boss Simon Grayson leads the celebrations after his side beat Sheffield United in the League One play-off final at Wembley to join old club Leeds United in the Championship.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hello Brendan. Simon Grayson might play it down, but he will be desperate to beat us next season – whatever he might say! Do you agree?

Brian Collins, Wrenthorpe

Oh yes, in the two games – home and away – he will definitely want his Huddersfield Town team to beat former club Leeds. It’s a manager’s natural competitive instinct.

Obviously, he’ll want the points, but there will be the extra added incentive having managed the club for a few years and he’ll want to prove a point.

That’s the way it goes in football.

He’s proved a point already by going to Huddersfield and bringing them back into the Championship and when he comes to Elland Road and his side face United at the Galpharm, he will want to prove that his team are better than Leeds next season.

Yes, Simon will say that it’s just another game and all that. But it’s not.

It’s a massive game for him, although obviously, I’m hoping that we get the result in both matches.

Just as when you are a player coming back to your old club and having a spring in your step, it’s similar when you are a manager.

However, managers don’t really celebrate as that’s not the way and a lot of players who come back to their old club and score don’t celebrate these days either.

It depends how long they were at the club, how well received they were and how they left – and on the player himself.

But if Simon does get a result against Leeds, you can bet he will be celebrating inside!

Funnily when I was at Leeds, we faced my old club Aston Villa in the cup, but I didn’t play for I was injured – I either had a broken ankle or I’d done my knee.

Winning

I watched from the stands and remember Villa winning at Elland Road.

I did play against Villa in the reserves at Villa Park once. I remember it started well, but just went massively downhill after that! I seem to recall I had a total disaster, if truth be told.

I’ve got to be honest and say that I think it was because it was against my old club who I still had a lot of feeling for.

I started off by doing what I usually do and win my headers, but the longer the game went on, I just got worse and worse and it became a difficult day.

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