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The BBC Turns Leeds United’s Simon Grayson Into A Joke

by | 27th, October 2011

LEEDS United manager Simon Grayson will not be used to illustrate how irony is dead in the age of the internet and soundbites.Context is all.

The BBC reports:

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has also denied being interested in taking charge at the King Power Stadium.

He said: “I was a legend down there. It’s a club that’s very close to my heart but this club is far closer to my heart. I’ve had an affiliation with Leicester in the past, but my sole aim is to do well for Leeds. I’m totally focused on Leeds and that focus has never dwindled during my time at the club. ‘m delighted things are going well here and I want to continue doing the job I’ve set out to do.”

Legend? Bit conceited, mais no? What Grayson said was actually meant to be amusing. The Yorkshire Post reports:

Following Sven Goran Eriksson’s sacking from the East Midlands club on Monday, Grayson – who played 175 league games for Leicester between 1992 and 1997 – has been among those tipped to replace the former England manager.

“You’re 25-1 at the moment,” said one reporter.

“Bloody 25s,” laughed Grayson. “That’s a joke. I should be a lot lower than that.”

Another scribe called out: “I’ve seen you at 8-1 with Ladbrokes.”

To which Leeds boss Grayson – pride restored and tongue in cheek – quipped: “That’s more like it. Look, I was a legend down there. A bloody legend.”

The local reporter gets the joke; the national reporter turns him into a joke.

Posted: 27th, October 2011 | In: Sports Comment | TrackBack | Permalink