Leeds sack Simon Grayson

Updated: February 1, 2012

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Simon Grayson has been sacked by Championship side Leeds United.

Leeds are currently 10th in the Championship, only three points outside the playoff positions.

The Elland Road side have only won two of their last eight league matches, however, and a 4-1 defeat to fellow promotion hopefuls Birmingham City proved to be the last straw for the Leeds board.

Grayson took over at Leeds in 2008 with Leeds sitting in ninth place in League One.

The 42 year old led Leeds to promotion in his first full season before the Yorkshire club finished just outside the Championship playoff positions in seventh last season.

Youth team manager Neil Redfearn has been placed in temporary charge.

In an official club statement, Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “We have 18 games to go this season and are still within touching distance of the Play-Offs, but felt with the transfer window now closed we needed to make the change at this time in the belief that a new managerial team will be able to get more out of the existing squad of players and make the difference.”

“Simon and his staff have given the club over three good years service and we would like to place on record our thanks and wish them all the best for the future.”

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