Sunday, 31 July 2011


Simon Grayson is under pressure to deliver a return to the Premier League for Leeds at the end of this season.That is the belief of Elland Road legend Peter Lorimer, who reckons it is about time his old club were mixing it with the big guns of English football again.The one-time Yorkshire giants surrendered their top-flight status seven years ago but have enjoyed a morale-boosting revival under Grayson.Since his appointment as manager in December 2008, United have won promotion from League One then agonisingly just missed out on making the play-offs last term. But Lorimer, Leeds’ all-time record scorer with 238 goals from 706 appearances, said: “The challenge for Simon now is that he has got to show he can take the next step.

“He has done an excellent job so far in getting us out of League One and then establishing the team in the Championship but the situation is different now because expectation levels are high and there is more pressure on than for a long time.

“Because of that, this is a very important season for Simon and for the whole club because we are all under pressure to get success. Last time around we finished seventh – three points off the play-offs – and, I have to say, it was disappointing the way we fell away in the final games after being in the top six for most of the time.

“An improvement on that is a minimum ­requirement – and that means making the play-offs at worst while the aim has to be ­automatic promotion.

“I think it would be fair to say that it would be regarded as a disappointment if we don’t end up getting back into the Premier League this time around.”

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