Grayson - Leeds will invest
Leeds manager Simon Grayson insists he will invest in new players who can compete in the Championship.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 10/05/10 1:09pm
Leeds manager Simon Grayson insists that the club will invest in new players who can compete in the Championship.
The Whites will be playing their football in the second tier next season after a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers on Saturday ended their three-year stay in League One.
Leeds put their fans through the emotional wringer at the weekend having gone a man and a goal down at Elland Road, but efforts from Jonny Howson and Jermaine Beckford in the space of four minutes sealed a crucial victory.
Grayson believes that many of his current players will be able to cope in the Championship, but is adamant that new faces will come in.
"Now the work starts on trying to recruit players to play in the Championship for us," he told Sky Sports News.
"I think large parts of the squad will be able to cope and play in the Championship, the proof will be in the pudding, I suppose.
"But don't get me wrong, we do need to bring in a few players to make us better. We have to keep progressing as a football club, keep moving on.
"Our supporters and this city deserve a football club to be successful and we won't want to just go into the Championship next year and think our sole aim is just survival.
"We want to do as best as we can and try and bring the right type of footballers to this club.
"I think bringing players to Leeds United isn't a problem in terms of attracting them because of the fanbase and the size of the club that we are.
"They've got to come with a realism that we're not going to be paying the ridiculous wages that we once did because we've got to make sure we have that sound financial footing."
On the future of Beckford, Grayson added: "I think there will be negotiations with his representatives, probably in the next week or so.
"If they turn around and say 'no, we're going to turn around and see our contract out and move on', so be it.
"I said that in January time, when we turned down money, that Jermaine was a big part for us. His goals could be the difference between getting promoted and staying down and obviously he got the goals.
"You do run the risk when a player's on a Bosman (free transfer) they could leave to go to another football club and if he has played his last game, well what a way to go out."