Grayson emotional at exit
Boss admits to tears while Lorimer believes he deserved to go
Last Updated: February 3, 2012 3:01pm
Simon Grayson: Made a tearful exit from Elland Road
Former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has admitted he shed a tear on his way out of Elland Road following his dismissal on Wednesday.
Club chairman Ken Bates told Grayson and his backroom staff earlier this week that their services would no longer be required.
The 42-year-old had been manager of the club he had supported from childhood since 2008 before he was sacked.
And in his first interview since being fired Grayson has admitted he has always had strong feelings about Leeds United and is gutted to leave.
"I had a tear in my eye when I left the club 20 years ago and I had a tear in my eye again yesterday."
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"Everyone knows how I feel about the club, there have been so many great moments throughout the three years I was the manager, I hope you realise what it meant to me to have been the manager of Leeds United," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"I had a tear in my eye when I left the club 20 years ago (when he was released as a player) and I had a tear in my eye again yesterday.
"The only difference was I went with one bin liner of stuff 20 years ago, this time it was three.
"I would like to thank all the players who have played within my three years. Also, my thanks goes to all my staff who have been helpful during my period in charge.
"I wish the supporters all the best for the future and maybe one day I may get the chance to come back to this great football club."