Grayson named as Leeds manager

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Leeds have confirmed the appointment of Blackpool boss Simon Grayson as their new manager.

Grayson takes over from Gary McAllister, who was sacked on Sunday by the Coca-Cola League One club.

Blackpool had initially refused Leeds permission to speak to the 39-year-old, who guided the club to promotion to the Championship in 2007.

Leeds moved for Grayson in the wake of the decision to sack manager McAllister after a dismal five-match losing streak.

Grayson, joins Leeds after a six-year stint at Blackpool, first as a player then as manager.

The Yorkshireman started his career at Elland Road as an apprentice and made two senior appearances for the club before joining Leicester in 1992.

Grayson becomes the ninth manager at Elland Road in the last 10 years and it is thought Leeds and Blackpool have agreed a fee as compensation for his services.