Leeds United: It’s simple! Grayson has done a top job - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan.

If Leeds United manager Simon Grayson was to leave for another club or – perish the thought – get sacked, who would you like to see as the next manager? Who would you say would be the one to take us back into the Premiership?

Paul Kelly, Leeds

Hi Paul. I don’t think Simon will be going anywhere to be honest and if the chairman was going to sack him he’d have sacked him at the end of the season – he’d have sat down and done it then as, knowing the chairman, he’d want to be planning for next season.

So I don’t think Simon will be going in that way – if he was that would have happened as soon as the season was finished – and I don’t think we should be talking about him getting sacked anyway as we’ve had a good season for our first season back in the Championship.

It’s obviously disappointing that we missed out on the play-offs, everybody is disappointed about that.

We were up there all the way right until the end when we fell away and that has left people understandably disappointed but, at the end of the day, we have come seventh and I guarantee that if you asked anyone at the start of the season if they’d have been happy with that, 99.9 per cent would have taken that.

Because of that, I don’t think Simon will be getting sacked, and rightly so.

Looking at it the other way, I think Simon has done a tremendous job at Leeds. This season has been a decent season and there is no doubting that he has done a good job in his two-and-a-half years at the club after taking over when we were in League One.

There is no doubt he is ambitious and of course he wants to manage in the Premiership – I think that’s the only way he would leave Leeds, if a Premier League club came in for him – though I’m sure first and foremost he’d like to manage Leeds in the Premier League.

He has said all along that this is his dream job, it’s where he’s from and the team he supports and he will be trying to get to the Premier League with Leeds but, for me, the only way he would leave is if a top-flight club came in for him now.


Who would I like to see come in if Simon was to ever go? I’ve got to be honest and say that I don’t have a clue as I don’t know who’s available and who’s not, but the whole management thing is like a merry-go-round.

Look at Micky Adams – that’s the best example. He starts the season at Port Vale, does really well. In fact so well that Sheffield United come in for him.

But then he goes and has an absolute disaster at Bramall Lane, Sheffield United go and sack him and now he’s back at Port Vale! He left to take another job, did terribly, and he’s landed back where he first started... It’s ridiculous!

I don’t know who I’d want if Simon was to go, but I’d want someone with experience and I’ve always liked Martin O’Neill and his style of management.

But whether he’d be interested if it ever came up I don’t know, and he has been out of football for a season.

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