Sunderland appoint Preston North End boss Simon Grayson as new manager

Sunderland were afforded permission to speak to Grayson by Preston earlier this afternoon, and they have wasted no time in tying him down to a three-year deal which keeps him at the Stadium of Light until 2020.

The 47-year-old ends a four-year spell at Deepdale to take charge of recently-relegated Sunderland and will meet up with his new players and staff tomorrow ahead of a five-day training camp in Austria.

“I am delighted to come to Sunderland, a club with such wonderful history and tradition, and I’m excited by the opportunity to manage this club and I want to bring the good times back,” he told the club’s official website.

“Sunderland are so fortunate to have such tremendous support and I want to give these fans a team they can be proud of. I want a group of players full of desire, team spirit and a never-say-die attitude – that’s the very least that we should expect from a Sunderland player.

“The Championship is a demanding league, but with all the attributes I have highlighted then our aim has to be to get the club back to where it belongs as quickly as possible and I can’t wait to get started.”

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