The East Anglian Daily Times reports that Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town have made contact with out of work manager Simon Grayson to discuss their vacancy. Grayson is looking for a new job after deciding against extending his stay at Sky Bet League One Bradford City, after his short-term deal expired at the end of the season.
The Tractor Boys are on the look out for a permanent replacement for Mick McCarthy. The former Republic of Ireland head coach departed towards the end of the campaign after it was originally revealed he would depart at the end of the season. Bryan Klug took caretaker charge for the remaining fixtures. Ipswich hope to make an announcement as soon as possible, to give the new man as much time as possible to prepare for pre-season.
As things stand, Sky Bet have St Mirren manager Jack Ross as the favourite for the role. Paul Hurst, who guided Shrewsbury Town into the League One play-off final at the weekend, is a close second in the betting too. Grayson is only a 14/1 shot, behind the likes of former striker Shefki Kuqi, ex-England international midfielder Scott Parker and recently sacked Sunderland boss Chris Coleman.
Grayson has had a largely successful managerial career, with the exception of his last few jobs, including time at Sunderland, who went on to be relegated. At Blackpool, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End, he won promotion out of League One every time. He established Preston in the Championship as well. Whilst it may seem unlikely he’ll be appointed at Portman Road, he is clearly in the frame.