Gary McAllister discusses spell as Leeds boss, relationship with Ken Bates, highlights key injury

Gary McAllister - Former Leeds United Manager

Gary McAllister has looked back on his time as Leeds United manager.

Gary McAllister - Former Leeds United ManagerGary McAllister - Former Leeds United Manager

In the June 2016 edition of Four Four Two, former Leeds manager Gary McAllister has looked back on his time as manager of the Elland Road club.

The Whites appointed Garry Monk as their new boss last week, as the former Swansea City man became the seventh manager in just two years under Massimo Cellino.

Leeds owner Ken Bates at the match

Cellino's reign has brought protests somewhat similar to one of his predecessors, Ken Bates. Leeds fans vociferously battled against Bates' reign at Elland Road, and after almost eight years at Leeds, Bates eventually sold up and left the club in 2012.

Now, one of the managers who worked under him at Elland Road has been speaking about his time in the Leeds dugout, with Gary McAllister speaking to the June 2016 edition of Four Four Two.

Gary McAllister - Former Leeds United Manager

McAllister, a Leeds legend during his playing days with 45 goals in 294 appearances, became manager of the club back in January 2008, but didn't last a year as he was sacked in December 2008.

The Scot won exactly 50% of his games and was succeeded by Simon Grayson, who eventually led the club to promotion back to League One - and McAllister suggested that a huge factor in his own struggles and Grayson's success was that striker Jermaine Beckford was out injured, but recovered to score goals under Grayson.

McAllister talked about his relationship with Bates, suggesting he found it hard when Bates called Chelsea - the club he owned before Leeds - 'we', but having saved the club from financial ruin, he wasn't too upset with that.

Jermaine Beckford celebrates after scoring Leeds' second goal

McAllister highlighted some positive moments of his time at Leeds, such as signing Robert Snodgrass and handing football to now-England international Fabian Delph, but admitted that the play-off final defeat to Doncaster in 2008 was tough to take.

"Ken was fine," said McAllister. "When we talked about Chelsea he'd say "we", which I found a bit hard, but he had saved the club, so far dues. I took over from Dennis Wise, who had built a great team. We got to the play-off final despite the 15-point deduction but lost 1-0 to Doncaster at Wembley, which was tough to take."

"We had a bad run. The Histon game shouldn't really have been played as the condition were awful and the ball wouldn't run properly, but it was live on TV so I can understand why it went ahead."

"I had positive moments. We signed Robert Snodgrass from Livingston for £25,000, gave Fabian Delph some early games in his career, but Jermaine Beckford got injured and we lost a run of matches. Simon Grayson got the job, Beckford came back into the team and scored 15 goals in 14 league games. That's football," he added.

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