Date:Wednesday February 1 2012
Leeds United have sacked Simon Grayson today after three years in charge but he leaves us with some wonderful memories during his time at Elland Road.
Grayson took over in December 2008 following the sacking of Gary McAllister and he quickly started to turn around the fortunes of the side. Leeds had just lost five games in a row, including the embarrassing cup defeat at Non-League Histon Town when he walked away from the manager`s job at Blackpool to take over at Leeds, a club he had supported since childhood.
In his first game in charge of Leeds, a Robert Snodgrass goal deep into stoppage time helped Leeds to a 1-1 draw against eventual champions Leicester City at Elland Road.
Leeds went on to finish in fourth in the League One table. They won 16 of his 25 games in charge, including 11 in a row at Elland Road.
Despite reaching the play-offs, they were defeated by Millwall in the semi-final over two legs.
In his first full season, Grayson`s side led League One going into the New Year by twelve points before stumbling across the line on the final day of the season with victory over Bristol Rovers.
Grayson will also go down in Elland Road folklore, as he became the first manager since Allan Clarke to manage a Leeds team to victory at Manchester United since 1981.
A solitary Jermaine Beckford goal was enough for Leeds to provide the shock of the round as they beat the Premier League Champions.
In the next round, they went to Tottenham Hotspur and once again showed the watching millions what they were capable of when holding them to a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.
Leeds finished their first season back in the championship, just one place outside the play off places, their highest finish in the league since the 2005/06 season.
They also once again grabbed the attention in the FA Cup when they held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates with the north London side needing a 90th minute equaliser from the penalty spot to earn a replay at Elland Road.
This season Leeds are once again amongst the clubs chasing a top six finish and they occupy tenth place, just three points outside the play off places with 18 games to go..
During his time at Elland Road, his sides broke two long-standing club records that were set during the glory days of the Revie era.
The side of 2008/09 and 2009/10 now hold the club record for fifteen straight league home wins, beating the previous best of thirteen set by the Revie side of 1968/69.
They also won their first eight games of the 2009/10 season in all competitions, beating another record that was set by the great Revie side in 1973.
Grayson had a great win ratio at Elland Road. The side played 169 games in all competitions, winning 84, drawing 40 and losing 45 with a win ratio of 49.7%
Although at a lower level, he finished just behind the win ratio of Leeds most successful manager over the last forty years Don Revie who had a win ratio of 52.2% and better than Howard Wilkinson 43.25% who was the last English manager to win the top-flight title with Leeds in 1991/92.
Thank you for three great years Simon and good luck for the future.
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Date:Wednesday February 1 2012
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