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Eddie Gray

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Born 17 Jan 1948, Holyrood (Scotland)
In Charge Jul 1982 - 11 Oct 1985
10 Nov 2003 - 10 May 2004
Honours Won None

Jabba's Comments

Despite the failure of Allan Clarke, the board offered the chance to rebuild the club to another one of Revie's squad - youth team coach Eddie Gray. Gray continued to play until the end of the 1983-84 season and with the steadying influence of an aging Peter Lorimer, he brought many of the youngsters he had been coaching in to the first team - Dennis Irwin, Scott Sellars, John Sheridan and Tommy Wright all coming through under Gray.

As Howard Wilkinson was later to show, what you need to get out of Division Two is a bit of experience and steel rather than raw youngsters, and despite some good showings, the board finally pulled the plug on the popular Gray in October 1985. The players were devastated, one of the board resigned, and the fans made their displeasure clear, staging a massive demonstration in the car park after the next home game that left the board cowering inside the ground. Gray coached at Whitby and Middlesbrough before managing Rochdale and Hull City before returning to Elland Road more recently and working once again with the youngsters, bringing on another successful crop of talented players.

After being edged out by David O'Leary in favour of Brian Kidd, and remaining on the sidelines under Venables Eddie found himself initially sacked by Leeds when Peter Reid took over and appointed his own coaching team. But the Prof took him back on as a general ambassador for Leeds, and when Reid found that he couldn't motivate his decimated and makeshift team to produce the necessary results, Eddie was brought back in as caretaker manager.

Andy Watters says: I hope Eddie gets the job full-time. Good luck Eddie and come on Leeds!

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