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Simon Grayson plays down Leeds United talk

1 September 2014

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has dismissed talk of him returning to Leeds United as "wide of the mark".

Whites president Massimo Cellino is on the hunt for a new manager after axing David Hockaday last week and Grayson, who remains a popular figure among the Yorkshire club's fanbase, has been touted as one of the frontrunners.

The 44-year-old spent four years at Elland Road and got them promoted into the Championship but insists he is keen to return to that division with North End.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday morning, Grayson said: "Everybody knows about my affiliation with Leeds and I enjoyed my time there, but I am happy at Preston.

"Preston can't do enough for me at this moment in time. They give me the opportunity to do what we are doing; we have got a good squad together and I have a real desire to get this team to the next level.

"People can speculate about anything they want and bookmakers can do their jobs, but I am enjoying my time at Preston.

"The reports are wide of the mark; people are going to speculate and put two and two together, but the club have had no approach, I've had no approach and that's the end of the matter."

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