Leeds United: Phil Hay’s Scottish tour diary (July 15)

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Phil Hay brings you all the news north of the border in his Leeds United tour diary.

Grayson is hit by injury curse

Simon Grayson appears to be suffering from pre-season deja vu.

Last year he lost Robert Snodgrass and Billy Paynter to injury ahead of the new term. This summer, Davide Somma, Luciano Becchio and Andy O’Brien were all dispatched to the treatment room at Thorp Arch before a ball was kicked.

The likelihood of Max Gradel leaving for West Ham seems to have receded, however, after Leeds rejected a clause-filled bid of £2.5m from Upton Park. West Ham are not expected to increase their offer for a player who would be available on a free transfer this time next year.

Here is one for the Calder-on

Among the complimentary tickets set aside at Falkirk was one for Colin Calderwood.

The Scot is presently manager of Hibernian but for how much longer few can say.

Lingering speculation suggests that he will be assistant manager of either Nottingham Forest or Birmingham by the time the Championship season starts.

Which begged the question was Calderwood casting an eye over Falkirk before next week’s friendly with Hibs or analysing Leeds United for a future English employer? Time will tell.

Blankety blank!

Subscribers to LUTV, Leeds United’s online television station, are to be refunded after difficulties with the live transmission of Wednesday’s friendly against Falkirk.

Viewers were met with blank screens until the latter stages of the first half, by which stage Leeds were a goal ahead. United, who charged £5 for the broadcast, say the fault lay with their external service provider.

A club statement read: “Our service provider accepts that this is their responsibility and has committed to issuing a refund to all users affected.”

United plan to screen the match against Motherwell on LUTV and have carried out testing to prevent a repeat of the problems.

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen.

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