Simon Grayson has been backed into odds-on favouritism with Sky Bet to become the next manager of League One side Bradford City. The 48-year-old has nudged ahead of Hannes Wolf, the former VfB Stuttgart boss, in the betting order for the vacancy at Valley Parade.

Grayson, who was sacked late last year following a disappointment start to the season and his tenure in charge of Sunderland, is looking to get back into the management game. He has enjoyed big success in getting out of League One, achieving it with every club he has managed at that level.

The Bantams elected to end the contract of Stuart McCall following a run of six consecutive defeats. Although they remain in the play-off positions in the league standings. Chairmen Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp came to the decision, believing the current squad is good enough to be performing better than they have been doing recently. The Telegraph and Argus reports that Kenny Black, and other members of McCall’s staff at the club, are to oversee first-team duties in the interim. No official decision has been made to see if they’ll take charge of the weekend home encounter with Bury.

Recent betting activity however suggests that Grayson might be nearing a return to management. Whilst his time at Sunderland did not go to plan, his reputation in management has not necessarily been affected. He had real success during his time at Blackpool, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End. Last season, the Bantams finished fifth, losing in the Play-Off Final against Millwall at Wembley Stadium.

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