Luciano Becchio has opened up on Simon Grayson’s departure from Leeds United, with the Argentine striker admitting that he was annoyed by the decision.
Leeds had been in the pits of League One when Grayson replaced Gary McAllister, with the ex-Leeds academy graduate guiding the club to promotion in his first full season at Elland Road.
The next year the Whites finished seventh in the Championship, with Becchio scoring 20 goals that season.
However, 2011/12 wasn’t to be as successful for Leeds and on the back of a hammering at the hands of Birmingham City, Ken Bates looked to get the Whites’ play-off push back on track by firing Grayson and eventually appointing Neil Warnock.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, Becchio opened up on the decision to sack Grayson: “Simon did do a great job.
“When he was fired I was annoyed and a bit ill about it.
“I didn’t think it was time for a change of coach but a club makes those decisions. Maybe they thought that by changing the coach other things would change too.”
Warnock was the man that sold Becchio to Norwich City, with Leeds failing to break into the play-offs under the experienced EFL coach, who eventually departed on April 1st 2013.
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Grayson was a popular coach who really made Leeds a force again in the EFL during his time at Elland Road.
The decision to sack him didn’t sit right on the terraces, and judging by Becchio’s comments, the same can be said from within the dressing room.
With hindsight, Bates getting rid of Grayson wasn’t the right call.
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