Grayson maintains that Sunderland would not be in the play-off final of League One if they stayed with him

Simon Grayson insists that Sunderland would not be in today's final, Wembley play-off against Charlton if they stayed with him – because they would never have fallen into League One.

Grayson, 49, was identified as one of the brightest young managers of English football when recruited from Preston two summers ago, after having won four promotions from the third tier.

However, he was only given 15 league matches on Wearside by the former hierarchy before being canceled in October 2017, with the club third in the lowest place in the championship.

Simon Grayson maintains that Sunderland would not be degraded if they were stuck with him

Simon Grayson maintains that Sunderland would not be degraded if they were stuck with him

& # 39; I had & # 39; n 11 years of success all along the line. Yes, I was fired a few times – in Huddersfield and Leeds. But I had left both clubs in better condition than when I entered, & Grayson told the Mail on Sunday.

& # 39; I had other opportunities to go somewhere else, but I enjoyed it and I was on the eve of good things at Preston. I had a very good young team.

& # 39; The time I decided to leave was when a big club like Sunderland was right. I just thought it was too good a chance to reject. As a former Premier League club, although they were in trouble, I felt that I could keep them on the right track.

After missing the automatic promotion, Sunderland will face Charlton in the play-off final

After missing the automatic promotion, Sunderland will face Charlton in the play-off final

After missing the automatic promotion, Sunderland will face Charlton in the play-off final

Sunderland fans flocked to Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon

Sunderland fans flocked to Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon

Sunderland fans flocked to Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon

& # 39; The evidence was in the pudding, I suppose, that two good managers in myself and Chris Coleman, who did well with Wales, were unable to sink the ship.

& # 39; Sunderland has been in a downward spiral for a number of years, survived in the last few weeks of the season, and eventually it catches up with you.

& # 39; Anyone who only gets 15 games has no time to develop their own ideas, and until the end of August there was uncertainty about who was staying and who was leaving. Even then there were players – who didn't want to be – with whom I had to work.

& # 39; Based on where the club wanted to be, your job is a bit at stake. But you also need time to keep things in balance, to tackle everything that went wrong and to stabilize, and I really believe that I have stopped them because of my knowledge and experience.

& # 39; But when I was fired, it wasn't my job to keep up with them, it was to be in the top 10 of the division, minimum. If you come from the Premier League, the bottom three in the championship is not where you want to be, should be or should be. & # 39;

Upon arrival, Grayson lost players from the ilk of England keeper Jordan Pickford and Fabio Borini, who was immediately boned to AC Milan. A fifth of the £ 1.25 million transfer box he used to revitalize the team went on Aiden McGeady, a player shortlisted for the League One player from 2018-19 of the year.

& # 39; Speaking to people, I knew it wasn't the perfect job, but I had experience working on smaller budgets and was confident that I could play for a few hundred thousand instead of £ 5-6 million , & # 39; Grayson continues.

& # 39; But there was a massive hangover after relegation. Ellis Short didn't put any money in it, there was so much negativity around because people were so used to losing every week, and the players carried the luggage. & # 39;

After a second consecutive drop, the Yorkshireman believes that Sunderland was destined to end up under current seated Jack Ross.

The club offers the opportunity to climb back to the divisions and ultimately maintains Premier League status

The club offers the opportunity to climb back to the divisions and ultimately maintains Premier League status

The club offers the opportunity to climb back to the divisions and ultimately maintains Premier League status

& # 39; The person who took over the game could drive more easily because there were too many players with a certain power on the field, which meant they would never be lower than around the playoffs, & # 39; Grayson thought.

& # 39; Their support is also incredible – 25-30,000 on a regular basis, and a whopping 46,000 on Boxing Day – so we knew when we went in that once we had a few results, we could get a snowball effect. & # 39;

Those results did not come, although Grayson is aiming for a return to management, but he is convinced that the bet of Stadium of Light has not affected his reputation, while acknowledging that his next career decision must be a good decision. That is why 12 months ago he rejected a two-year agreement with Bradford.

& # 39; Some people take the perspective that I was not good enough and they are entitled to it, but I would like to think that it did not harm me. People in the game acknowledge that it was a difficult job. & # 39;

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