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Simon Grayson Takes over as Manager of Record-Breaking Huddersfield Town

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Leeds manager Simon Grayson gestures during the npower Championship match between Leicester City and Leeds United at the King Power Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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S. GordonCorrespondent IIFebruary 23, 2012

Simon Grayson, the former Leeds manager who was relieved of his duties last week, has taken over at Huddersfield Town after Lee Clark was fired just five days beforehand.

The manager merry-go-round was completed when one of Grayson’s personal friends, Neil Warnock, took the Leeds position a couple of days ago.

Grayson’s last game in charge of Leeds was a disappointing 4-1 loss at the hands of Birmingham; this defeat seemed to be the nail on the head of some recent patchy results and ended in his sacking.

He has had a lot a lot of experience with promotion; especially from League One to the Championship. In 2007 he took Blackpool to the Championship before being offered the opportunity to return to his boyhood club, Leeds United, and guided them back to the Championship as recently as 2010.

Grayson has really strong connections to Elland Road and some fans may worry that if the opportunity to go back to Leeds ever comes up, he would jump at the chance. He has this to say about the matter to Sky Sports:

Everyone knows about my connections with Leeds United, but I wasn't a Blackpool supporter when I got them promoted. I went there and achieved a dream of mine, which was to be a manager. My sole interest is to gain promotion and if that means being in the Championship and going back to Elland Road and winning then so be it - I am a professional manager who wants to do well for his employees.

Huddersfield is currently sitting fifth in League One and are seven points outside of the automatic promotion places. With the team they have, they will be fairly confident that they can pick up their form and really challenge for a promotion place.

Will Simon Grayson be able to take Huddersfield to the Championship?

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