Fleetwood Town appoint Simon Grayson as new head coach

Fleetwood Town have appointed former Sunderland, Leeds and Preston boss Simon Grayson as Head Coach until the end of the season.

The 51-year-old has agreed a deal until the end of the campaign and succeeds Joey Barton, who left his role on January 4 after almost three years in charge of The Cod Army.  

Grayson arrives at the Highbury Stadium with the club currently sitting 14th in League One having just picked up two points from five games under caretaker-manager Simon Wiles.  

The experienced boss has already expressed his desire to hit the ground running with his new club.  Speaking to the club’s official website, Grayson said:

“Fleetwood Town are a football club I know a lot about, it’s a club with a really good infrastructure and I’m delighted to get back to work and be given this opportunity to get the club winning again. I can’t wait to get started.”

Indeed, The Cod Army will be hoping that Grayson continues his impressive record in the third tier of English football as he has managed four times to secure promotion from the division.  

The first was via the play-offs during his first spell with Blackpool in 2007, and then he successfully led Leeds United to automatic promotion in 2010. 

Grayson then led another Yorkshire based club in Huddersfield Town to the Championship via the play-offs in 2012, before more recently getting promoted with Preston North End in 2015.

Grayson’s first game in charge will be against Bristol Rovers at The Highbury Stadium and the new coach will be hoping to get his new side back to winning ways as soon as possible following a tough run of results, the latest being a 1-0 defeat to Oxford United. 

Grayson added: 

“First and foremost I want to get Fleetwood back to winning ways, get a smile on players’ faces again and get them enjoying what they are doing.

“It’s never easy when you are losing games and things aren’t going your way, so I intend to get them smiling, working hard, and letting us in the right to win football matches. Hopefully, we can do that very quickly.”

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