Sky Bet have tipped Preston North End manager Simon Grayson to become the new man in charge at the Stadium of Light at odds of 5/4.
This news comes after it was reported that Derek McInnes had failed to come to an agreement over the vacant managerial position at the Stadium of Light, despite Sunderland offering a prospective £1.5 million package to him according to the Scottish Daily Record. The deal that the Black Cats offered was apparently equal to £1 million a year in wages and a further £500,000 bonus if Sunderland had an immediate return to the Premier League.
With McInnes now confirming he plans to stay at Pittodrie until at least 2019, the Black Cats have begun to search for their new manager with Simon Grayson now the bookmakers favourites for the job.
Grayson who is currently managing Preston North End has managed three other football league clubs, Blackpool, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town. The Yorkshireman from Ripon enjoyed a lengthy playing career in the Football League making 435 professional appearances in defence and featuring for Leicester City and Blackpool with over 100 appearances for each side.
Grayson has enjoyed a wealth of success as a manager, boasting an impressive 49.7% win percentage as Leeds United’s manager for a period of around three years. During this time, Leeds were promoted from League One and made some impressive runs in the domestic cup competitions, beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford and getting a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane against Tottenham.
Since taking over at Preston, Grayson has led them from League One to the Championship with Preston winning the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley in 2015 with a resounding 4-0 victory against Swindon Town. Grayson has led Preston to comfortable 11th place finishes in both of their last two seasons since returning to the Championship. Grayson has enjoyed success at Preston with a win percentage of 44.3% and interestingly in every managerial position he has taken, he has never lost more games in the league than he has won including his spells at Blackpool and Huddersfield Town.
Whether Sunderland will attempt to sign Grayson remains to be seen but a shift in the betting markets suggests that there could be some form of interest in the Yorkshireman.