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Simon Grayson analyses Leeds' managerial situation, reflects on time at Elland Road

Simon Grayson faces former club Leeds this weekend.

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson has reflected on his time at Leeds United ahead of his return to Elland Road on Sunday, whilst speaking to the Preston official website and Lancashire Evening Post.

Grayson, 46, takes his North End side to West Yorkshire on Sunday afternoon, with Preston currently on a four-game unbeaten run.

The match sees Grayson return to face former club Leeds for the first time since being sacked by the Whites back in 2012, giving him an emotional return to the club he grew up supporting.

Since Grayson's departure from Elland Road almost four years ago, Leeds have been managed by Neil Warnock, Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn, Uwe Rosler and Steve Evans, with the clubs struggling for stability since Grayson's departure.

Speaking to the Preston North End official website, Grayson says that Leeds need to find some stability, much as Preston have with Grayson at the helm.

"At any football club you have to have stability and give managers the chance to build foundations or give yourself the opportunity to put things in place to be successful," said Grayson.

"At our football club I have been here nearly three years and we have progressed as we have gone along because of the continuity – Leeds United have not had that, for whatever reason," he added.

Additionally, Grayson spoke to the Lancashire Evening Post about his return to Elland Road, and reflected on the job he did during his time as Leeds manager.

Grayson led Leeds to promotion from League One back in 2010, and also gave fans a moment they will never forget by beating Manchester United 1-0 in The FA Cup at Old Trafford.

Grayson says he remembers how difficult it was to leave Blackpool to join Leeds, but was 'desperate' to make the move to his boyhood club, and believes his time at Leeds was a successful one.

"I remember it being a bit of a rollercoaster to get out of Blackpool to go to Leeds. Leeds was a job I was really desperate to go and do and I thoroughly enjoyed it," Grayson added

"I think I was successful with the cup runs, a promotion and where they finished in the Championship. It is nearly four years since I left and I’ve not taken a side there yet. My job this weekend is to put a game plan together to make sure we get three points and get higher up the table," he continued.

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