Grayson axed as Leeds manager

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SIMON Grayson (pictured) has been sacked as Leeds United manager after three years in charge.

Grayson was axed following last night’s 4-1 home defeat against Birmingham City. It left United four places beneath the Championship’s play-off zone.

The 42-year-old was appointed Leeds manager in 2008, taking over from Gary McAllister.

Grayson steered the club to the League One play-offs at the end of his first season as manager and led them to promotion at the end of the 2009-10 campaign.

Leeds finished seventh in the Championship under him last season.

Shaun Harvey, United’s chief executive, told the club website: “We have 18 games to go this season and are still within touching distance of the play-offs but 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.”

First team coaches Glynn Snodin and Ian Miller have also left the Elland Road club.