Sky Bet Championship side Sunderland have appointed former Leeds United and Huddersfield Town boss Simon Grayson as their new manager.
Grayson takes over the reins at the Stadium of Light having managed over 600 games, with his experience making the former Leeds boss a stand-out contender for the job on Wearside. The 47-year-old makes Sunderland his fifth job in his managerial career, but his ability to build and improve teams was another key reason the Sunderland hierarchy opted for him over other candidates.
Grayson makes the move to Wearside on a three-year deal following a four-year tenure with Preston North End, where he took the Lilywhites from the lower echelons of League One to Championship play-off contenders. The new Black Cats boss will meet his squad for the first time tomorrow before flying to Austria for a five-day training camp.
Speaking to the Club afterwards, Grayson spoke of his pleasure at becoming the newly relegated side’s manager.
“I am delighted to come to Sunderland, a club with such wonderful history and tradition, and I’m excited by the opportunity to manage this club and I want to bring the good times back.
“Sunderland are so fortunate to have such tremendous support and I want to give these fans a team they can be proud of.
“I want a group of players full of desire, team spirit and a never-say-die attitude – that’s the very least that we should expect from a Sunderland player.
“The Championship is a demanding league, but with all the attributes I have highlighted then our aim has to be to get the club back to where it belongs as quickly as possible and I can’t wait to get started.”
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