Gary McSheffrey has been warming things up ahead of Leeds’ trip to Coventry on Saturday.

The striker played 11 games for United on loan from Birmingham last season, scoring just one goal.

Elland Road boss Simon Grayson decided against retaining his services and McSheffrey is clearly annoyed that he was not offered a full contract.

Instead he joined Coventry, where he has scored four times in his last five matches, and will be hoping to prove a point at the Ricoh Arena this weekend.

While claiming “there are no sour grapes”, McSheffrey said: “Simon Grayson and his staff didn’t want me – it’s as simple as that.

“I haven’t spoken to him since I left, which I find a bit disappointing on a man-to man basis. You expect better man-management really, a bit more respect.”

As Leeds search for more consistency in their play and Grayson looks towards possible squad strengthening when the January transfer window opens, he is also faced with the problem of fixing new contracts for several members of the current squad.

The difficulty was highlighted by reports that Bradley Johnson had turned down a new offer.

Johnson has appeared in all this season’s Championship games but, with his contract up at the end of the season, if Leeds cannot agree new terms he could leave on a free transfer.

Several clubs are believed to be monitoring the midfielder’s situation closely.

The same applies to some other United players whose deals end next summer, including Luciano Becchio, Davide Somma and Shane Higgs.

Since Ken Bates took over as chairman, Leeds have been careful not to repeat the paying of excessive wages that contributed to bringing the club to the brink of bankruptcy.

But there is a delicate balance to be struck and Grayson will be hoping he does not face mass rebuilding next summer.