Chapuis hits out at Gray

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By Patrick Haond
Former Leeds United striker Cyril Chapuis has hit out at caretaker manager Eddie Gray for not utilising his French players after succeeding Peter Reid in charge of the club.

Reid brought in the likes of Lamine Sakho, Didier Domi, Salomon Olembe, Zoumana Camara and Chapuis on loan last summer, but many were axed following Gray's appointment.

Chapuis made only one Premiership appearance, and that was as substitute, while he also featured twice in the Carling Cup before leaving Elland Road for Strasbourg.

"I found myself with Sakho, Olembe and Domi in the reserve team," said Chapuis. "Zoumana Camara joined us from time to time.

"The new coach Eddie Gray clearly stated he was not going to rely on players from France. Why? I don't know."

Olembe did have a run out after David Batty was forced out against Newcastle on Wednesday, while Sakho has featured when Michael Bridges has been absent.

Chapuis stated Antoine Kombouare 's presence at Strasbourg was one of the factors for him opting to join the Stade de la Meinau outfit.

"I greatly favoured Strasbourg rather than Guingamp or Bastia, while the presence of coach Kombouare was important too," the 24-year-old added.