Simon Grayson racks up his 50th win in just 100 games as Preston manager

Preston North End

Preston beat Peterborough 1-0 on Saturday, meaning Simon Grayson has now won 50 of his 100 games in charge.

When Leeds United sacked Simon Grayson back in February 2012, many fans were disappointed with the decision made by then-chairman Ken Bates.

After arriving at Elland Road in December 2008, Grayson not only led Leeds to promotion from League One, but kept them in the Championship, pushing the Whites towards the play-off places.

Yet after a 4-1 defeat to Birmingham City, Grayson was sacked despite being just three points off the top six - a decision which was met with dismay by most Leeds fans.

Since then, fans have suffered through the eras of Neil Warnock, Brian McDermott, David Hockaday and Darko Milanic, leading some supporters to wonder whether the club made the wrong decision by sacking Grayson.

Well, after a tough spell with Huddersfield, Grayson is working his magic again in League One, taking Preston North End to within one point of the summit of the third tier.

Saturday's 1-0 win over Peterborough came through a goal from ex-Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford, who reunited with his former boss Grayson back in November.

The victory took Grayson to 50 wins from 100 games, with just 19 defeats in that time. That obviously gives him a 50% win ratio, which is close to his 49.70% win percentage at Leeds, which wasn't enough to keep him in a job.

Having steadied the ship at Deepdale after the exit of Graham Westley, Grayson is earning plaudits left, right and centre - leaving Leeds fans to again contemplate whether the 45-year-old should still be in charge at Elland Road.

With five managers since his departure three years ago, Leeds have been in turmoil since Grayson's departure; and maybe Bates should have allowed him to build something rather than sacking him for what appeared to be a very flimsy reason.

Preston's gain is Leeds' loss though, and based on current form, there's a high possibility that the Lilywhites will be in the same division as Leeds next season.

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