Huddersfield v Leeds: Lorimer comments annoy Grayson

Huddersfield Town boss Simon Grayson has criticised Leeds director Peter Lorimer for comments made after he was sacked at Elland Road.

Grayson, who was relieved of his duties by Leeds in February, meets his old side for the first time on Saturday.

"I didn't take too kindly to one or two things that were said by people when I left," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"Peter Lorimer slaughtered me in his newspaper column and that was different to what he had said privately."

Lorimer, who made his Leeds debut at the age of 15, played 703 games for the club and is their all-time top scorer with 238 goals.

"Two or three days before I left the club he was telling me to sell Luciano Becchio but he never put that in his column," Grayson continued.

"I didn't have a problem with (chairman) Ken Bates. He could have backed me more but we had a good relationship.

Last six meetings

  • 8 December 2007 - Leeds 4-0 Huddersfield
  • 15 April 2008 - Huddersfield 1-0 Leeds
  • 15 November 2008 - Leeds 1-2 Huddersfield
  • 14 February 2009 - Huddersfield 2-1 Leeds
  • 5 December 2009 - Leeds 2-2 Huddersfield
  • 27 February 2010 - Huddersfield 2-2 Leeds

"I left the club in a better place than I found it and if you do that then you can count yourself as successful."

Grayson joined the Terriers less than three weeks after leaving Leeds and helped them to promotion via the League One play-offs.

Saturday's match is the first meeting in the second tier of English football for 25 years between the West Yorkshire rivals, but Grayson, who also had a spell as Blackpool manager, is keen to downplay the importance of the fixture.

"It's another big match and obviously there is a big rivalry between the two clubs.

"But it's just another game where we can get three points towards staying in this division. That's what it boils down to," he added.