Steve Morison of Millwall
Millwall striker Steve Morison has spoken about his 'failed' spell at Leeds United in Friday's Sun newspaper [Goals pullout, page 2], ahead of Saturday's meeting between the two sides.
Morison was on Leeds' books for two and a half years before signing for Millwall on a permanent basis in August 2015, having spent the 2013-14 season on loan at the Den.
The Wales international only scored five goals in 42 games for the Elland Road side, and suggested he was 'the most hated man in Leeds' at one point.
Discussing his move to West Yorkshire, Morison said: "I didn't want to leave but Norwich wanted me to, so they had to make it worth my while.
Steve Morison of Leeds United
"I met [then Leeds manager] Neil Warnock and he sold me the club, although he didn't have to. When you see the stadium and their training ground you realise what a massive club, with all their history, they are."
Warnock left Leeds weeks after Morison's arrival, however, and his replacement Brian McDermott banished him to Millwall at the start of the following campaign. By the time he returned in the summer of 2014, Leeds had themselves a new owner in Massimo Cellino.
"After that it was all a bit of a circus and dictatorship rolled into one," Morison added. "Every day you went in to learn that either a coach, a member of staff, a player or even a manager was either coming through the door or being booted out of it. Or the training schedule or rules for players were being changed without a second's notice.
Former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino
"Players were told to stay in a hotel the night before home games, even though we all lived in the area and would have been more comfortable in our own beds. And if that was not enough, a rule was brought in that players must travel back to Leeds on the bus after away games, even though we always had the following day off.
"That meant that if some of the Londoners wanted to stay with family after a game in the capital, they had to get on the bus for the 200-mile journey back to Leeds and then drive all the way back down again. It was like playing under a dictatorship."
Morison, who is yet to score since Millwall's return to the Championship, also admitted he was partially to blame for his Leeds struggles, by pushing himself to play when he wasn't fully fit.
He said: "In hindsight, if I was in the same situation now, I would not have played. I would have got myself fit, then played because I couldn't do myself justice. I was not in the condition to do so."