Simon Grayson leaves Bradford City with Scunthorpe United ready to pounce

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 May 2018, 13:35

Bradford City are on the hunt for their third boss in the space of three months following the departure of Simon Grayson, who along with assistant Glynn Snodin has today (Tuesday) left the League One outfit.

Grayson replaced Stuart McCall on a short-term contract in February, but now following the conclusion of the season he has decided to exit Valley Parade.

Grayson’s main task was to lead the confidence-crushed Bantams to a top-6 finish, however he could only register three wins from 14 matches at the helm, with the club falling to 11th spot, eight points adrift of the play-offs.

In a statement on the club’s website Grayson said:

“After conversations with the owners I have decided to turn down the option to extend my contract. This was an extremely difficult decision as I have enjoyed my time at Valley Parade.

“I would like to thank everyone at Bradford City, from the owners to the supporters, who have turned out in their numbers both home and away since I have been manager of their club.

"I wish the club all the best for the future.”

So, what next for Grayson?

The 48-year-old, who earlier in the season lasted only 18 games at Sunderland, has been installed as 5/2 favourite for the Scunthorpe United job.

The Iron are currently attempting to win promotion to the Championship - via the play-offs - under interim boss Nick Daws who has been in temporary charge since Graham Alexander’s March exit.

As for Bradford, they are unlikely to rush into a new appointment, but considering the growing list of managerless Football League clubs, they may be forced to act swiftly in order to avoid missing out on any potential targets.

At the time of writing Mick McCarthy has emerged as the early favourite in the betting, followed by Mark Warburton and Uwe Rosler.

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