So it’s very much a case of ‘mixed emotions’ when the former Irons striker heads for our FA Cup fourth round clash at Ashton Gate on Sunday.
Leroy will be the BBC’s man on the touchline for the game and speaking exclusively to us he said: “It’s a tough game for me as I love the Hammers with all my heart but I did virtually every job there was to do at Bristol City before leaving the club to manage elsewhere.
“I signed as a player at the same time as Andy Cole and during my time there was reserve team coach, assistant manager, assistant academy director and even caretaker manager.
“It’s going to be tough for the Hammers but I am confident they will come out with a result as they are the class side but they can taken nothing for granted.”
Leroy’s match analysis will appear on ClaretandHugh later today (Fri)