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Stephen McPhail frustrated by Leeds

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

The former Leeds United midfielder wants to see the Whites back in the Premier League.

Elland Road

Former Leeds United midfielder Stephen McPhail has admitted to LUTV that it is frustrating for him to see the Whites slugging it out in the lower divisions following its relegation from the Premier League back in 2004.

United have alternated between League One and the Championship for the past 12 years as the club try but fail to re-establish themselves amongst England's elite clubs.

General view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds United

McPhail, who was at Elland Road from 1995 until 2004 and witnessed the financial implosion which contributed to their decline, now admits that it irks him to see such a "special club" still suffering the effects of what happened over a decade ago.

Asked by LUTV if he was annoyed by Leeds' failure to return to the Premier League, the 36-year-old responded: "I think it's more frustration. I know exactly [what the club is about] for the eight or nine years that I was there. I know how special the club is and how it shouldn't be where it was and the decline of it."

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

There have been a number of false dawns for Leeds - now an established Championship side - but no manager has succeeded in winning promotion back to the top flight.

Steve Evans, who became the sixth manager to be sacked during Massimo Cellino's ruthless reign, had promised a playoff finish this season if he was given a full season, but the Italian owner and chairman wielded the axe once more and replaced him with Garry Monk.

Things seem quite promising at the moment, with Monk recruiting six new players so far, but no Leeds fan will be getting ahead of themselves just yet.

The road back to the Premier League begins at Loftus Road on August 7 when the Whites kick off the new season by visiting QPR.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

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