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Bradford City have today announced Simon Grayson as their new manager following the departure of Stuart McCall early this week. Grayson, who was the leading candidate for the job, is likely to prove an exciting appointment for the fans given his record in league one.
Grayson had a short spell at Bradford City during his playing days, although he is now more known for his managerial reputation after gaining promotion from league one with four different clubs, three of which were impressively via the playoffs.
Although his most recent spell as Sunderland manager was far from successful, Grayson will be hoping that his appointment at Bradford will enable him to put that behind him by trying to again gain promotion from league one.
As already reported elsewhere, the fact Bradford City have described Grayson as the new “manager” rather than “head coach” is an interesting one, which implies that he will be given more control in his capacity as manager than maybe his predecessor was. While time will tell whether this is in fact the case, it will be interesting to see how the players respond to the incoming manager.
The length of Grayson’s contract is yet to be revealed, but what is clear is that his first game in charge will be Tuesday’s clash away at fellow playoff challengers, Charlton.
Alongside the appointment of Grayson, the club have also brought in Glynn Snodin as his assistant who worked with Grayson during his successes at Leeds, Huddersfield and Preston. Greg Abbott and Kenny Black remain at the club, with the former likely to revert to his position as head of recruitment, while Black is likely to take up a first team coaching role.
With Bradford still in the playoffs with 14 games remaining, Grayson inherits a side still with a strong chance to achieve a playoff spot and so it will be interesting to see how the team responds in the coming weeks.
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