Leeds will be welcomed back to Premier League where they can renew rivalries with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, says Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson thinks Leeds United will be welcomed back into the Premier League where they will be able to renew some old rivalries.

Leeds’ promotion to the top-flight – after 16 years away – was confirmed when West Brom were beaten by Huddersfield on Friday night.

Leeds fans can now expect Premier League football next season

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Leeds fans can now expect Premier League football next season

Former manager Grayson is delighted to see them back in the Premier League and believes it is a great thing for the city.

He told talkSPORT: “I think it’s a massive achievement. Something that’s been waiting to happen for a long time – sixteen years since the Premier League.

“Even up to last night people were anxious and nervous about whether it was going to happen.

“Doing it the Leeds way, it could go wrong. It will be a moment of relief for the football supporters and city in general.

Simon Grayson was Leeds manager between 2008 and 2012 and was most recently at Blackpool

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Simon Grayson was Leeds manager between 2008 and 2012 and was most recently at Blackpool

“They will just be enjoying it now. It’s what they’ve worked so hard for.

“He’s (Marcelo Bielsa) a demanding coach and the players have worked extremely hard and have been very patient.

“They will renew some big rivalries next season with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“It’s a great thing that has happened for the city of Leeds and I think the Premier League will welcome Leeds back there because of the fanbase, the rivalries and expectancy levels and everything that goes with Leeds United being part of the Premier League.”

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The club also suffered the loss of a number of legends in the recent weeks and months which Grayson said makes this moment all the more important.

He added: “It’s poignant moment. You lose Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry. Three iconic figures, legends at Leeds United.

“They will be looking down on Leeds on the last few weeks trying to do their bit as well.

“It’s the centenary season as well, which makes it more special. It’s fantastic for everybody who is connected with the football club who supports them, who has played for them and who has managed them.”


Jermaine Beckford will bring you ‘Leeds United: Ups and Downs’ – a special programme looking at the Yorkshire club’s 16 year exile from the Premier League on talkSPORT 2 at 11am on Saturday

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