Last night, bitter rivals Sunderland announced Simon Grayson as their new manager, naming the ex-Preston boss as the man who will look to bring them back to the Premier League after suffering relegation last season.
It’s fair to say that Grayson’ appointment has been met with muted optimism by the Mackems, with it not being lost on me that Grayson’s Preston suffered 6-0, 2-1 and 4-1 defeats to Newcastle last season. I’m not banking on a Tyne and Wear derby anytime soon, which is a shame given Rafa’s 12-2 aggregate victory over Grayson in their last three meetings!
Grayson will be brought in to bring stability on Wearside, but his appointment, when compared to Benitez’s this time last year, highlights the stark contrast between Sunderland and Newcastle following our recent relegations to the Championship.
Time will tell if they can bounce back as we did, but given some people’s reactions to Grayson’s appointment, they’re not too optimistic..
I really feel for all you wonderful Sunderland fans .. Simon Grayson is more likely to take you down than up .. he's a hopeless manager ..
— Mike Parry (@mikeparry8) June 29, 2017
BREAKING: Simon Grayson has agreed to be sacked by #safc in March 2018.
— Ali (@NotAliGrey) June 29, 2017
— Adam Carrington (@Chopper267) June 29, 2017
Not sure if I'm more shocked that we've appointed Grayson or that he's only 47!!!!! he'll look 80 after 3 yrs with us! #SAFC
— jonesygomez (@NeilJones34) June 29, 2017
Grayson signs 3yr deal after 8hrs on Wearside. Smacks of desperation after yet another monumental fuck up by Ellis Short #safc
— W. W. L. D. (@RobLow_7) June 29, 2017