SIMON GRAYSON is determined to reward Dean Hoyle with Town promotion after being “trusted with the ambitions of the club.”
The former Blackpool and Leeds boss was signed up in February following the dismissal of Lee Clark to take charge of a squad who, despite completing a Football League record of 43 matches unbeaten, seemed to be treading water in the League I promotion chase.
Grayson says he didn’t think twice about taking the job and, after defeating MK Dons in the two-legged play-off semi-final, he is determined to finish the job against Sheffield United at Wembley.
“My ambition has always been to get this club promoted with a chairman (Hoyle) who wants to back me and who showed his willingness to get me here in the first place,” said Grayson, who came in with coaches Ian Miller and Glynn Snodin.
“I would have been quite comfortable after I got sacked at Leeds to stay on a beach for the next six months and wait for an opportunity in the Championship.
“With my record over the last few years I could have waited for another job to come along rather than drop into League I, but the lure of Dean’s whole outlook here and what this club can do going forward was why I came – and I want to succeed because of being trusted with the ambitions of the club.”
Grayson has never felt any negative reaction from fans because he has grown up a Leeds fan, been a player at Elland Road and, of course, a successful manager there.
“It never entered my head when I took the job and it hasn’t done since – my commitment is just to get Huddersfield Town promoted, and that’s the same commitment I’ve shown at all my clubs,” he said.