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Ipswich Town open talks with experienced Championship manager over vacant role

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Ipswich Town have held talks with Simon Grayson over the possibility of him taking the manager job at Portman Road, according to a report by local media outlet The East Anglian Daily Times.

Grayson has been without a job since leaving Bradford City at the end of this season and Ipswich could appoint him as their replacement for Mick McCarthy.

After six years with the club, McCarthy left earlier in the season and Ipswich have been searching for a new manager ever since.

A number of names have been touted, including Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley, Portsmouth’s Kenny Jackett, experienced man Steve McClaren – who is now thought to be heading to Queens Park Rangers – and Tim Sherwood.

But now Grayson has appeared as a target for the Tractor Boys, who will be looking to bring in a new manager soon so that he can start building his squad ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Grayson has plenty of experience at Championship level, having manged Blackpool, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Preston North End and Sunderland in the division.

The 48-year-old started this season with Sunderland but was sacked after leaving the team in the relegation zone.

At Bradford, he won three in 14 games but decided to leave.

The Verdict

Grayson had a fantastic reputation at this level, but that has all been undone in the past 12 months.

His time at Sunderland and Bradford has seen him become a less popular option so Ipswich could end up with a cheap move here.

Whether Grayson is the man to take them to the next level is another question, but he is a reliable man to have in the second tier, if he can recapture the form he showed at Preston.

Ipswich fans – Would you like to sign Grayson? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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