Simon Grayson, who was sacked by Leeds United earlier this week, said the dismissal brought a tear to his eye.
Grayson was sacked after just over three years at the club and helped lead Leeds back into the championship after three years in League One.
The boyhood Leeds supporter, who was also released as a teenager at the club said he had many memories from his three years at Elland Road and it brought a tear to his eye when leaving this week.
Speaking in the Yorkshire Post, Grayson said, “Everyone knows how I feel about the club, there have been so many great moments throughout the three years I was the manager, I hope you realise what it meant to me to have been the manager of Leeds United.
“I had a tear in my eye when I left the club 20 years ago (when released as a player) and I had a tear in my eye again yesterday.”
The club made the decision after Leeds disappointing 4-1 home defeat by Birmingham City on Tuesday night and have placed youth and reserve team coach Neil Redfearn in temporary charge.
Despite consolidating Leeds position in the division in their first season back in the championship, when they finished just outside the play off places in seventh, a poor run of form since November leaves Leeds in tenth place, something that has eventually cost him his job.
Grayson also leaves the fans with some great memories during his tenure at the club. Promotion from League One and the rollercoaster ride that was the 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers on the final day of the season to secure promotion.
The win at Manchester United in the FA Cup, Leeds first win at Old Trafford in almost 30 years and draws at both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the same competition will live long in the memory.
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