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Grayson appointment angers Blackpool

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Simon Grayson's defection from Blackpool to Leeds was shrouded in acrimony as the Coca-Cola Championship outfit threatened legal action against him and his new employers.

Grayson, 39, was announced as the League One outfit's new manager after Gary McAllister was axed on Sunday following a dismal run of five straight defeats. Yet Grayson's move across the Pennines to his native Yorkshire and to Elland Road - where he began his playing career - has been met with a furious response from Blackpool.

Talks about compensation are believed to be still ongoing but Blackpool said in a statement: "Blackpool FC can confirm that Simon Grayson tendered his resignation at 0830 on Tuesday morning. The resignation was not accepted by the board of directors and the club and are now considering legal action against both Simon Grayson and Leeds United."

Nevertheless, Grayson becomes the ninth manager at Elland Road in the last 10 years after he built up an impressive cv and reputation at Blackpool.

He enjoyed a six-year stint at Bloomfield Road, first as a player then as manager, during which he guided the club to promotion to the Championship in May 2007 before staving off the threat of relegation last term.

Grayson's brief at Leeds is to repeat that feat with the fallen Yorkshire giants after their recent slump raised fears of failing to even make the play-offs.

Howard Wilkinson managed Leeds between 1988 and 1996 and believes Grayson, who played for Leeds, Leicester, Aston Villa and Blackburn before joining Blackpool, fits the bill perfectly as the club seek to reignite their promotion bid.

Grayson's first game in charge will be the visit of former club and current League One leaders Leicester - with whom he won the League Cup in 1997 - on Boxing Day.

Wilkinson told Sky Sports News: "Simon Grayson is an ideal choice for Leeds - for lots of reasons. I've followed his career closely and he's worked hard at everything he has done.

"He's worked hard to have a career as a player - he was not as gifted as some and would tell you that himself - but he made a good career for himself as a player. When he got into management, he applied himself equally diligently."

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