Could sacked Sunderland boss Simon Grayson be on his way to Bury?

by Jack Kitson / 17 November 2017, 14:52

Rejoice, something of note has happened in Bury’s search for Lee Clark’s replacement at Gigg Lane after Simon Grayson was installed as the odds-on favourite for the post, before bookmakers Bet Victor then suspended the market.

Bury have been hunting for a new boss since sacking Lee Clark last month following a poor start to the season, which saw the club pick up just 12 points from 16 games.

Player-coach Ryan Lowe was placed in interim charge of the Shakers, and he looked to be doing reasonably well, registering two draws and win from three games.

However, just when the 39-year-old appeared to have boosted his chances of bagging the permanent job his side then slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat at home to non-league Woking in the FA Cup.

Bury’s chairman Stewart Day slammed the team in the aftermath of the disastrous defeat:

"The word performance goes nowhere near to summarising what we all had to experience and I can 100% state that it was not good enough!”

(Quote: Bury FC)

The loss could well have ended Lowe’s chances of bagging the job, as he subsequently drifted out to 8/1 in the betting - before the market was closed - as Grayson emerged as the new frontrunner for the League One vacancy.

Grayson, like Clark, has suffered the sack this season, losing his job at Sunderland a day after Bury axed Clark.

Grayson won only three of his 18 matches at the helm of the Black Cats, who remain managerless, although Wales boss Chris Coleman could well be on his way to the Stadium of Light.

However, Grayson could now be set for a swift return to management as he bids to recover from that bruising experience in the North East.

If this proves to be the case it will be his sixth spell in the dugout following tenures at Sunderland, Preston, Huddersfield, Leeds and Blackpool.

Lowe’s rock-bottom Bury are next in action this weekend at home to 7th-placed Blackburn, with the hosts priced at 3/1 to record their first league win in six games.

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