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Grayson sacking leaves vacancy at Leeds

One of the biggest jobs in the Championship became vacant when Leeds United sacked manager Simon Grayson. During the 4-1 home defeat to Birmingham, the visiting supporters chanted "you’re getting sacked in the morning," at Grayson, and they weren’t wrong.

Grayson’s side had struggled over Christmas and had dropped away from the Championship promotion chase. The club’s chief executive Shaun Harvey believes a change of management can revive United’s season.

"We have 18 games to go this season and are still within touching distance of the play-offs," Harvey said, "but we felt with the transfer window now closed we needed to make the change at this time in the belief that a new managerial team will be able to get more out of the existing squad of players and make the difference."

Grayson has been in charge at Elland Road for three seasons, bringing the club up from League One in 2010, and coming close to making the Championship play-offs last season.

The youth team manager Neil Redfearn is in charge temporarily, but the job may attract some managerial big names who relish a challenge. Although they should bear in mind that the club is looking for the fifth manager in the seven years that owner Ken Bates has been at the club.

Neil Warnock, recently sacked by QPR, is among the favourites for the job, although, given his Sheffield United associations, he might not be a popular choice with Leeds fans. The perennial managerial candidate Sven-Goran Eriksson was a 40-1 outsider.

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