Grayson's upward curve

Lancashire Post North End reporter Dave Seddon assesses the career of departing boss Simon Grayson, who has agreed a three-year deal to manage Sunderland.

Thursday, 29th June 2017, 10:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:32 am
Simon Grayson was a Wembley winner with PNE

Preston North End were the fourth club Simon Grayson had managed, following on from Blackpool, Leeds and Huddersfield. He has earned the reputation as a League One promotion specialist, having guided all four out of that division.

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As a player, Grayson started his career with Leeds, the club he had supported since he was a youngster. It was with a heavy heart he left there due to a lack of first-team football to join Leicester City. From there he went to Aston Villa and then to Blackburn.

Grayson’s break into management came at Blackpool where he had been a player and coached the reserves. He left them in December 2008 to take the Leeds job.

A keen supporter of charity, Grayson has twice done the Football to Amsterdam bike ride. He has helped raise thousands of pounds and awareness for Prostate Cancer.