Eddie Gray has claimed that Leeds United is a “truly great club which belongs at the top” of English football.
The Whites legend also suggested that promotion would represent a “huge boost” for the city as people continue to struggle with the toll of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The 72-year-old was caretaker manager at Elland Road when Leeds were relegated from the top flight back in 2004, but believes that the club is finally ready to make its long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “I’m like everyone else, you’re isolated, you don’t see your kids, your grandkids. But promotion would give the city a huge boost, it would enhance spirits at a time when people are struggling.
“A lot of fans around the country think their club should be in the Premier League. But the fanbase here, the enthusiasm for the club around the city and even the world, this is a truly great club which belongs at the top.
“I know as well as anyone how long we’ve been away. That relegation was a huge disappointment for me. You always think, ‘I could have done better’.
“But now, this ownership have got it right. They have got the best manager and everything is in place for success.”
Gray is absolutely spot on here – Leeds have been away from the Premier League for far too long, and it is high time that they made their return.
The board deserve full credit for their work, as does Marcelo Bielsa, and over the past couple of years the Whites have undergone a real transformation.
Gray’s comments reflect those of fellow Leeds legend Lucas Radebe pretty closely, with the South African also pointing out during a recent interview with Ian Wright just how brilliant promotion would be for the city as a whole.
Hopefully, we aren’t too far away from seeing that become a reality, and it would be a well-deserved pay-off for a slog that has, at times over the past decade and a half, felt never-ending.
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