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Simon Grayson began his coaching career at Blackpool where he enjoyed a six-year stint, first as a player then as manager, during which he guided the Seasiders to their highest league place for over 40 years.

He ended his career at Blackpool and after a successful spell as player-caretaker manager he was handed the managerial job on a permanent basis in the summer of 2006. Grayson then led Blackpool to the League One play-off final in 2007 and after gaining promotion he secured their Championship status.

After taking charge of Leeds in December 2008, Grayson led the side to a fourth place finish in League One. Leeds won their remaining 11 home games that season, matching a 40-year-old record from the Don Revie era.

In his first full season, he guided the club back to the Championship with a second place finish in League One, securing automatic promotion on the final day of the season with a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers. Season 2009/10 also saw a memorable victory for Leeds as they beat Manchester United in The FA Cup, resulting in their first win at Old Trafford since 1981.

Leeds would then enjoy a successful return to the Championship, as Grayson's men were in play-off contention throughout the 2010/11 campaign. Simon was also awarded the manager of the month award for December.

The club parted company with Simon in February 2012, despite Leeds being just 3 points off the play-offs. On leaving Elland Road, Grayson had a remarkable win percentage record of 49.7%.

He later enjoyed an instant impact with Huddersfield Town as he guided the club to the Championship for the first time in 11 years, after they defeated Sheffield United in the play-off final. He remained with the club until January 2013.

In his first full season in charge at Preston, Grayson guided the Club to a 5th place finish in Sky Bet League One.

He joined Sunderland as manager in June 2017.

Grayson enjoyed a 17-year playing career that saw him make over 500 career appearances.

He started his career at Elland Road as an apprentice and made a handful of senior appearances for the club.

After Leicester City he enjoyed successful stints with Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers before loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport County, Notts County, and Bradford City.

He is a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.

Honours (9)
  • personal-awards
    • Preston North End:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (06/02/2015)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (Oct 2014)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2013-09-01)
    • Leeds United:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2010-12-01)
    • Blackpool:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2007-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2006-12-01)
  • promotions
    • Huddersfield Town:
      • Promotion to npower Championship, (2012-05-05)
    • Leeds United:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola Championship, (2010-05-29)
    • Blackpool:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola Championship, (2007-05-27)
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