Date:Saturday December 24 2011
Leeds United boss Simon Grayson says he wants to win promotion this season but admits it is not going to be easy.
Leeds are once again amongst the front-runners in the championship and they are once again occupying a play-off place.
They go into the busy festive period in sixth place and this is despite picking up just seven points from a possible fifteen in their last five games.
Grayson realises the expectancy put on him by the Leeds fans and he is determined to return Leeds to the top flight for the first time since 2004.
Speaking in the Yorkshire Post , Grayson said, "The football club and the city demands that this club gets to the Premier League. It is not that easy to do and I have said all along that it is going to be harder to get Leeds out of the Championship than keep them in the Premier League.
"I think if we get there, our size as a club will allow us to maintain that status. Every manager is judged on what they try to achieve. Whether we have to get promotion this year or not, you will have to wait and see.
"I want to do it this year. My players understand that we are trying to do that but many other teams are trying to do the same."
Leeds let a play-off place slip in the closing weeks of the season last year.
The whites were in the play-off places from November and for a brief spell, they occupied the second automatic promotion place in December.
Leeds continued to stay amongst the play off places until a poor run of results between March and April, where they picked up just one win, saw them slip out of the play-off places.
Grayson is looking to improve on the seventh place finish of last season and says the club are progressing and he believes they will be up their come the end of the season. "The bottom line is that we want to do it. Our fans will hopefully see that we are progressing and if it doesn`t happen this season, then next season we have to progress again.
"You have got to believe that you can achieve it and we are in a good position. It will go down to the last few games of the season, I am telling you that now," continued Grayson.
Leeds have picked up just three points less this season than at the same stage of last season, when they were in second place after twenty-two games.
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Date:Saturday December 24 2011
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