Simon Grayson hits four years in charge at Deepdale

Simon Grayson was appointed manager at Preston North End back in February 2013 with the club sliding dangerously close to League Two after a torrid and eventful year or so with Graham Westley at the helm.

Since then, things have been a lot prettier around Deepdale, with managing to secure the teams position in League One in the few months after his appointment, before launching a serious promotion bid in his first full season.

The Lilywhites finished in the play-off spots but came up short in the semi-finals against Rotherham, although disappointment, there was a general feeling that the following season, 2014-2015, was going to be the year for Preston.

As so it came, Simon Grayson broke records to become the first ever manager to guide four different sides to promotion in League One as North End bounced back from missing out on automatic promotion on the final day to stroll through the play-offs, a 4-0 aggregate win over Chesterfield followed by a 4-0 win against Swindon in the final saw them back in to the Championship.

This was hailed as one of the best seasons seen by Preston fans in a long time, and huge thanks went to Grayson in his staff, who led his side to just 10 defeats in 63 games over the season, including a run of one defeat in 22 games at the end of the season.

The 47-year-old has been known to struggle with sides in the Championship before, but Preston have more than settled in to the league, finishing 11th in their return season, in which they completed a ‘Lancashire Treble’ winning away at rivals Burnley, Blackburn and Bolton in the same season.

The boss is now 222 games in to his tenure at Deepdale, and is quickly creeping up on Moyes who is currently at the top of the list with 234 games under his belt at Deepdale.

Grayson is hailed as one of Preston’s best managers, and the figures reflect that, a win percentage of 45.7% which is only better by David Moyes.

Grayson shared his thoughts on what he would class as his best qualities as a manager: “I think that’s for other people to decide. What I try and do is I man-manage the players and the staff as much as I can do to make sure that they enjoy what they are doing.”

“If you are not enjoying what you are doing then you are never going to fulfil your potential as a member of staff or on the playing side of it all.”

“Tactically I like to think what I am doing, my record speaks for myself, I have learnt from some good managers, some poor managers and I’ve obviously got my own ideas which are right or wrong sometimes.”

“So it’s just about making sure everything you are doing is geared towards getting the best out of you as an individual and the people that are working for you as well.”

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