IF promotion is the name of the game then look no further than Simon Grayson.
Sunderland, perennial under-achievers, have done just that after charging the former Preston boss with the task of guiding them back to the Premier League.
Last season was an unmitigated disaster for the Black Cats whose incredible fans deserve better.
Grayson, who has won promotion with Blackpool, Preston, Huddersfield and Leeds, certainly can’t do worse than predecessor David Moyes whose managerial reputation is in tatters.
It is a big ask, and arguably the biggest task faced by Grayson. But he is up for the challenge, having been preferred to Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes.
All of his promotions thus far have been from League One, but he’s ready for the next step, and has signed a three-year deal with the Wearsiders.
Not that a contract of any length counts for much in football management.
Before announcing the appointment of Grayson as their latest boss, Sunderland made him and the media aware of the fact that the proposed sale of the club was off after a breakdown in talks with a German consortium.
Grayson, who brings with him his Preston assistant Glynn Snodin, says he is delighted to have joined a club with ‘such wonderful history and tradition’.
As quoted on the BBC Sport website -http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40444054 – he said: “I want a group of players full of desire, team spirit and a never-say-die attitude – that’s the very least that we should expect from a Sunderland player.”
American owner Ellis Short will continue in charge of the club he has owned since 2009.
“We would like to thank our supporters for their patience during what we know has been a period of uncertainty and frustration for them,” said Sunderland’s statement.