Leeds chairman Ken Bates has hit back at critics who claim he did not offer financial support to former manager Simon Grayson.

Grayson, 42, was sacked on Wednesday following the 4-1 home defeat to Birmingham on Tuesday, with assistant manager Glynn Snodin and first-team coach Ian Miller also leaving the club. There has been suggestions Grayson was not getting enough financial backing from Bates, with key players such as Jonny Howson and Max Gradel departing.

However, Bates, 80, insists Grayson had all the money necessary, citing the large squad at Elland Road as proof. He told Yorkshire Radio: "We have to acknowledge the previous three seasons Simon got us to the League One play-offs then promotion and then we finished seventh (in the Championship) and we have backed him all the way."

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