At the time of writing, Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has become the outright favourite with Sky Bet to be named the next manager of Sunderland. The Black Cats are on the lookout for a new boss after David Moyes elected to resign following relegation out of the Premier League.
Grayson was available at roughly 20/1 earlier in the day but significant activity has seen his price drastically shorten to 7/4. It remains to be seen how creditable this movement actually is, but it is certainly worthy of interest. The 47-year-old has been in charge at Deepdale since his appointment in February 2013.
The Ripon-born former defender is one of the longest serving managers in the English professional game. He is listed tenth in this list, behind the likes of Arsene Wenger, Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche, and just above coaches such as Mark Hughes, Mauricio Pochettino and Chris Hughton.
Grayson certainly has a positive reputation in management, having earned promotion at each of the four clubs that he has managed. He has successfully managed to guide Preston into being an established Sky Bet Championship club, achieving back-to-back mid-table finishes at this level. His experience of this league is perhaps what is intriguing Sunderland to him. They certainly need some stability and Grayson would provide that. He becomes the outright favourite with Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes just behind him at this stage. Nigel Pearson is also another fairly short price, and he has also been linked with the Middlesbrough vacancy as well. Garry Monk however is expected to be appointed to this role at the Riverside Stadium.