SIMON Grayson has been named as the new Huddersfield Town manager less than a week after his predecessor departed.
Many supporters were initially perplexed at the sacking of Lee Clark with the team in fourth place in League One and pushing for promotion.
But it became clear that Town’s challenge was in danger of stalling and club chairman Dean Hoyle took the bold decision to hand that responsibility to Simon Grayson.
Bold in that Grayson’s last job was, after all, as manager of Leeds United, the club who traditionally have been Town’s biggest rivals.
Mr Hoyle has looked beyond any potential for dissent based on old emnity between groups of fans from both clubs and made the decision precisely as it should be made, on the best prospect for the club.
He sees that in Grayson’s undoubted managerial skills shown in not dissimilar circumstances in Blackpool when they too were chasing promotion.
More interesting still perhaps is that Grayson has admitted that he would not have left the seaside club for any team other than Leeds, the club where he began his career.
This is a man then who is perhaps not afraid to show his emotions and to support those who have supported him.
He could be just the man Town need to get them into the Championship. A man with flair, with courage and with heart. Now he just needs the club’s loyal fans to support him.