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Simon Nicholas Grayson (born 16 December 1969) is an Englishmarker football manager and former player who is manager of Leeds United.

Throughout his playing career he primarily operated on the right side of defence, but he was also utilised in midfield.

Born in Riponmarker, North Yorkshire, he is the brother of former cricketer Paul Grayson and his nickname is Larry, after his namesake Larry Grayson.

Playing career

He started playing football for Bedale FC. Grayson began his career at Leeds United in June 1988 as a both a defender and a midfielder. However, he did not manage to make the big breakthrough at Leeds, playing just twice in four years. He signed for Leicester City in March 1992 and went on to make 229 appearances in five years. During his time at Filbert Streetmarker the team won the League Cup in 1997 and was voted the club's player of the season in the same year. Grayson moved to Aston Villa in 1997 and made another 49 Premier League appearances at Villa Parkmarker. He then signed for Blackburn Roversmarker in July 1999, where he made 34 appearances in his first season. He lost his place in the team the following season and spent most of the next two years on loan, with spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport County, Notts County and Bradford City. Grayson signed for Blackpool on a free transfer on 19 July 2002. He made more than 100 appearances for the Seasiders and captained the side. He started his career at Blackpool in the right-back berth, but was moved to midfield by former boss Colin Hendry to bolster an area of weakness.

Managerial career

Blackpool

Grayson moved into coaching in the 2004–05 season, managing the reserve squad at Bloomfield Roadmarker with some success before he was named caretaker manager of the first team in November 2005, following the departure of Colin Hendry. After diverting Blackpool away from relegation that season he was given the job on a permanent basis for the start of the 2006–07 season. Grayson retired from playing at the end of the 2005–06 season to focus purely on the managerial side of the game.

In late 2006, he led Blackpool to only one defeat in fourteen league games, a sequence that included five wins out of six, resulting in their appearance in the four play-off positions. The run also brought attendances of more than 7,000 to Bloomfield Road. This led to Grayson being awarded the Manager of the Month award for December.
Grayson during his time as manager of Blackpool
On 6 January 2007, he guided Blackpool to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 17 years, after beating Aldershot Town 4–2 at Bloomfield Road. They were knocked out by Norwich City, who beat them 3–2 after extra time, in a replay at Carrow Roadmarker on 13 February, narrowly missing out on a trip to London to face Chelsea in the last sixteen.

Grayson received his second League One Manager of the Month award of the 2006–07 season in May 2007. Two days later, on 5 May 2007, Grayson guided Blackpool to a final placing of third, and thus a place in the play-offs. Blackpool beat Oldham Athletic 5–2 on aggregate over the two legs of the play-off semi-final. They met Yeovil Town in the final at the newly-renovated Wembley Stadiummarker on 27 May and won 2–0, securing promotion to The Championship. It was their tenth consecutive victory, a new club record. This was extended in Blackpool's first game in the Championship with a league win over Leicester City and a victory against Huddersfield Town in the League Cup.

In October 2007, Grayson guided Blackpool to the fourth round of the League Cup for the club's first time in 35 years. They were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lanemarker, where Spurs won 2–0. In December 2007 Grayson signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, following two years working without a formal contract. In May 2008, Blackpool finished nineteenth in the Championship, their highest finish in the Football League since 1971–72.

Grayson was heavily linked with the vacant managerial post at , with whom he started his playing career, following the sacking of Gary McAllister in December 2008, but Blackpool refused permission for Leeds to speak to Grayson. Despite this Grayson tendered his resignation, which the Blackpool board did not accept, and he was announced as Leeds United's new manager. The two clubs ultimately settled the dispute for an undisclosed fee.

Leeds United

Grayson's first game in charge was at Elland Roadmarker on Boxing Day against one of his former clubs, Leicester City, who were top of the league. Leeds were sitting in 9th place, on the back of five straight defeats, but a late equaliser from Robert Snodgrass gave Grayson's new club a 1–1 draw. He recorded his first victory, a crucial 3–1 win away at Stockport County two days later. Leeds won their final eleven home games, matching a forty-year-old record from the Don Revie era. Leeds' away form did not match this, and Grayson guided the club into a fourth-place finish, earning them a two-legged play-off tie against fifth-place Millwall, which Leeds 2–1 on aggregate.

Grayson and Leeds started the 2009–10 season by remaining unbeaten in all competitions, including seven victories and a draw in League One and progressing into the Third Round of the Football League Cup, before losing to in that competition.

Honours

Player

Leicester City (1992–1997)



Blackpool (2002–2005)



Managerial

Blackpool (2005–2008)



Statistics

Player

Club Season League

(Tier)
Domestic League FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 1987–88 Div 2 (2) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
1988–89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989–90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990–91 Div 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total   2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Leicester City 1991–92 Div 2 (2) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1992–93 Div 1 (2) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1993–94 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1994–95 Prem (1) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1995–96 Div 1 (2) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1996–97 Prem (1) 36 0 3 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 46 2
Total   ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 229 6
Aston Villa 1997–98 Prem (1) 33 0 4 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 44 2
1998–99 15 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 20 0
Total   48 0 5 2 2 0 9 0 0 0 64 2
Blackburn Roversmarker 1999–00 Div 1 (2) 34 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2000–01 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Stockport County (loan) 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Notts County (loan) 2001–02 Div 2 (3) 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 13 1
Bradford City (loan) Div 1 (2) 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Blackburn Roversmarker Prem (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   34 (35) 0 (1) 3 (1) 0 (0) 2 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (2) 0 (0) 39 (39) 0 (1)
Blackpool 2002–03 Div 2 (3) 45 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 50 3
2003–04 33 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 43 1
2004–05 36 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 43 2
2005–06 12 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 16 1
Total   126 6 10 0 7 1 0 0 9 0 152 7
Career Totals ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 527 16


Managerial

These statistics include all league and cup first team fixtures.

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Blackpool 10 November 2005 23 December 2008 160 59 51 50 36.88
Leeds United 23 December 2008 Present 43 28 8 7 65.12
Total 203 87 56 56


References

  1. "Blackpool sign Grayson" - BBC Sport
  2. Grayson collects monthly accolade - BBC Sport
  3. Norwich 3-2 Blackpool, FA Cup 4R - BBC Sport
  4. Blackpool boss lands April prize - BBC Sport
  5. Swansea 3-6 Blackpool - BBC Sport
  6. Leicester 0-1 Blackpool - BBC Sport
  7. Tottenham 2-0 Blackpool - BBC Sport
  8. "We speak to Simon Grayson" - Blackpool F.C.'s official website
  9. "Grayson signs a contract - finally!" - BBC Lancashire
  10. "Leeds settle dispute over Grayson" BBC Sport. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-04-17.


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