Bates - Leeds on the up
Ken Bates has questioned why manager Simon Grayson would contemplate leaving Leeds United for Burnley.
Last Updated: 13/01/10 11:50am
Leeds United supremo Ken Bates has questioned why manager Simon Grayson would contemplate leaving the club for Burnley.
The Whites boss had been linked as a possible successor to Owen Coyle at Turf Moor following his excellent work at Elland Road.
Grayson himself was quick to play down the rumours stating he was keen to help guide Leeds back into the Premier League.
Bates does not believe the Leeds manager would have been tempted to join Burnley as they are a bigger club on the up
"Why would he want to leave Leeds for Burnley?" Bates told Yorkshire Radio.
"We have a bigger population and bigger gates, and we're a club on the up.
"Simon has already stated the same things and asked why would he want to leave.
"He wants to manage in the Premiership with Leeds United and hopefully he will do that sooner rather than later."
Meanwhile, Leeds have been boosted by the return from injury of left-back Ben Parker in their reserves outing with Scunthorpe.
Parker missed virtually the whole of the first half of the season after undergoing hip surgery after playing in Leeds' season opener.
The 22-year-old is now hoping to gain more fitness in reserve matches before looking to challenge Andy Hughes for the left-back spot.
"I was pretty tired, but it was fantastic to be back," Parker said on the club's official website.
"Some days it seemed like this day wouldn't come, but the physios have put in so much hard work I've got them to thank really.
"I didn't realise it's been five months, but it's great to be back. Now I need a few more reserve games and hopefully I can push towards the team again.
"I want to be back Saturday - but that won't happen! All I can do is work hard in training and the reserves and hope to catch the manager's eye."