Preston North End
Defending crosses – Issue 38 (September 2013)
Simon Grayson is manager of Sky Bet League One side Preston North End, having joined the Lancashire club in February 2013.
Prior to arriving at Deepdale, the 43-yearold enjoyed successful spells at Blackpool, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town. Remarkably, for each of those clubs he achieved promotion from League One to the Championship, and now takes eight years of managerial experience into his first full season at Preston.
The likeable Yorkshireborn manager can also draw on an 18-year professional career that began at Leeds in 1988. He went on to star in the Premier League for Leicester City, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers and also had spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport County, Notts County, Bradford City and Blackpool.
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