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Football: BATTY BUST-UP WITH THE BOSS.

Byline: DAVID ANDERSON

LEEDS caretaker-manager Eddie Gray faces a dressing-room revolt by some of his senior players to add to the crisis club's woes.

Gray had a blazing row with David Battywhen he substituted the midfielder at half-time in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Bolton at Elland Road. Batty was angry that Gray was making him a scapegoat for the team's dire performance - and told him so.

The pair had been at loggerheads for two years after Gray told former boss David O'Leary that Batty was no longer good enough to play in the Premiership. They have barely been on speaking terms since Gray was brought back in a caretaker role when Peter Reid was sacked earlier this month.

Batty has reservations about Gray's abilities and his concerns are shared by a number of other senior players.

They have no confidence in Gray and do not believe he is the right man to be in charge of Leed when they are fighting for survival on and off the pitch.

They were dismayed by his team selection for the Bolton game, when he brought back several of Leeds' old hands even though their performances have dipped in recent months.

In particular, they felt he was wrong to axe Salomon Olembe.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2003
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