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47-year old promotion winner identified as Sunderland’s top target

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According to the Mirror, Sunderland have lined up Preston North End’s Simon Grayson to become the club’s next permanent manager.

Since David Moyes walked away from the Stadium of Light following Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League, the Black Cats have been in search of a permanent successor.

Sunderland tried and failed to appoint Derek McInnes, with the Aberdeen manager opting to stay in Scotland, whilst Chris Wilder has reportedly turned down an offer to move to the North East.

Grayson has now emerged as Sunderland’s top target, with the 47-year old set to make a decision on whether his future lies away from Deepdale, where he has spent the last three-and-a-half years.

During his time with Preston, Grayson has guided the club to promotion form League One, before helping them establish themselves in the Sky Bet Championship – even finishing the 2016/17 campaign in the top-half of the table.

Preston’s promotion in 2015 was the fourth of Grayson’s managerial career, with the 47-year old also guiding Blackpool, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town out of League One and into the Championship.

Sunderland are now keen to appoint the experienced Preston man to replace Moyes ahead of the club’s first return to the Championship since 2007.

Sunderland fans… Would you be happy if your club appointed Grayson or would you rather see someone else appointed? Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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