Why MK Dons need to appoint Simon Grayson

by Jack Kitson / 22 January 2018, 11:52

MK Dons sacked Robbie Neilson on Saturday night after a run of two defeats in 17 matches left the club struggling down in the League One drop zone (21st).

The likes of former Dons boss Karl Robinson, ex Nottingham Forest gaffer Mark Warburton, and most recently Dan Micciche have been linked with a move to Stadium MK, but here’s why the Buckinghamshire club should be doing everything they can to lure over Simon Grayson.

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Grayson is currently unemployed and looking for a way back into management. The 48-year-old's last spell with Sunderland didn’t quite go to plan, with the Championship club cutting his time short back in October after just 18 games at the helm, as he became their ninth managerial departure since 2008.

Grayson arrived at the Stadium of Light with the club in all sorts of problems, having lost both their Premier League status and boss David Moyes, but while he was unable to inspire a turnaround, his previous achievements in management are pretty impressive.

Sunderland aside, Grayson has won promotion with every side he’s worked at.

In his first job Grayson led Blackpool up into the Championship, a feat he went on to repeat with Leeds, Huddersfield, and most recently Preston. Last season he preserved the Lilywhites’ second-tier status with a creditable 11th place finish, before moving on to Sunderland.

It's been nearly three months since he left the Black Cats, but should he now be tempted by the MK Dons, he'll instantly be tasked with keeping the club in League One - according to Ian Dennis (see tweet below) Grayson is expected to make a decision early on this week.

But, at the time of writing it’s Dan Micciche who surprisingly tops the betting, ahead of the 2/1 priced Grayson. Micciche, a former mentor to Dele Alli, previously worked at the MK Dons as their Head of Academy Coaching, while he was most recently in charge of England U16s. However, a lack of experience could well count against him.

Other names in the frame include former Dons boss Karl Robinson, the club’s current academy boss Edu Rubio and the ex Southend gaffer Phil Brown.

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