Simon Grayson

Where is Simon Grayson now?

After spells playing in the Premier League with Aston Villa and Leicester City, Simon Grayson retired in 2006 after spending four years in the lower leagues with Blackpool.

As his playing career was winding down, Grayson moved into coaching with the Blackpool reserve team before stepping in as caretaker manager of the first team in November 2005 when Colin Hendry left the club.

After successfully steering the club away from relegation he was appointed as full-time manager of the club in 2006.

Grayson enjoyed a couple of successful seasons at Blackpool winning promotion to the Championship and also reaching the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 17 years.

Because of his managerial success at Blackpool, Grayson was linked to many clubs including Leeds United with whom he started his playing career.

When Gary McAllister was sacked from Leeds, the Elland Road side approached Blackpool to speak to Grayson, which they subsequently refused.

He eventually handed in his resignation and joined Leeds United as their new manager in 2008 with the two clubs settling the dispute for an undisclosed fee.

Grayson had a great start to his Leeds United managerial career equalling Don Revie’s back to back victory records, but poor away form saw his side finish in fourth place and a loss in the play-off semi-final.

The following season he led his side to a second-placed finish which meant automatic promotion to the Championship but after a promising start in their new league the side’s form dipped and they finished the season in seventh place.

Unfortunately Grayson was sacked from the club in February 2012 after a string of poor results.

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He wasn’t out of work for long as Huddersfield Town offered him the vacant manager’s job just days after leaving Leeds United.

Although he gained promotion to the Championship with the club he was only there for a year before he was sacked after failing to win in 12 consecutive games.

Grayson was back in football a month later when he was appointed manager of Preston North End and achieved promotion via the play-offs in his first full season at the club.

In July 2017, he left Preston North End after four years at the club to join recently relegated Sunderland as their new manager.

Unfortunately, Grayson’s time on Tyneside was short-lived and he was sacked in October 2017 after managing only one win in 18 games during his tenure.

He made a return to football management in February 2018 on a short-term contract as manager of League One side Bradford City.

The appointment made Grayson the first manager to take charge of the three main West Yorkshire sides – Bradford City, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United.

He left the Bantams at the end of the 2017-18 after deciding against renewing his contract.

Grayson made a return to football management in July 2019 when he joined his former side Blackpool as manager but was sacked seven months later after recording just one win out of 12.

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