Sunday, 12 June 2011
Major Gamble on Simon Grayson to be next Aston Villa Manager
Ex-Fulham boss Mark Hughes, Bolton Wanderers' Owen Coyle and Everton's David Moyes were all linked with the job in Saturday's papers, but bookmaker William Hill revealed this afternoon there was a serious new contender to take charge at Villa Park.Graham Sharp, the firm's media relations director, announced Grayson had been backed in from 50/1 to 5/2 favourite, after a series of bets were placed on him online and at a North Yorkshire betting shop.'The source of the bets would not give the lie to suggestions that someone connected to Leeds may have had the nod that Grayson was a serious contender for Villa,' Mr Sharp said.
Grayson has become a firm favourite at Elland Road since leaving Blackpool to take charge at Leeds in 2008.
He guided the Whites to promotion from League One in 2010 and to a seventh-placed finish in the Championship last season