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LUFC Grayson amongst longest servers

Simon Grayson is amongst the longest serving managers in the Football League as more and more managers bite the dust.

Grayson has only been in charge since December 2008 (2 years, six months) but as the management merry-go-round continues there are currently only two managers in the Championship with longer service records.

Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O`Driscoll leads the way in the Championship having been in charge at the Keepmoat since September 2006 (Four years, nine months) followed by Kenny Jackett - Millwall (three years, six months).

There are only sixteen managers in the top four divisions of English football with a longer service record. Old red nose is a long way clear having been in charge of them from across the Pennines since November 1986 (twenty-four years, seven months).

Grayson is tenth in the Football League with Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman (eleven years, ten months) the longest server.

Billy Davies (Nottingham Forest) and Alex McLeish (Birmingham City) have joined those managers looking for employment today after leaving their posts.

Grayson has led Leeds from League One since his arrival at Elland Road and helped them finish in seventh place in their first season back in the Championship last season. He is currently being strongly linked with the vacant manager`s position at Premier League side Aston Villa.

Only fourty-six managers (50%) remain at the clubs they started with at the beginning of last season and only twenty managers have been at their current club over two years (21%).

Sheffield United have been the most busy recently and are now on their fourth manager since this time last year.

There`s already been fourteen new managers named since the end of last season, with Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest all currently without managers.

Longest serving managers - Top twenty
Old red nose - Them from across the Pennines (24 years, 7 months)
Arsene Wenger - Arsenal (14 years, 9 months)
John Coleman - Accrington Stanley (11 years, ten months)
David Moyes - Everton (9 years, 3 months)
John Still - Dagenham & Redbridge (7 years, 2 months)
Tony Pulis - Stoke City (5 years)
Paul Tidsdale - Exeter City (5 years)
Mick McCarthy - Wolverhampton Wanderers (5 years)
Sean O`Driscoll - Doncaster Rovers (4 years, 9 months)
Kenny Jackett - Millwall (3 years, 6 months)
Graham Westley - Stevenage (3 years, 1 month)
Harry Redknapp - Tottenham Hotspur (2 years, 8 months)
Greg Abbott - Carlisle United (2 years, 6 months)
Lee Clark - Huddersfield Town (2 years, 6 months)
Chris Wilder - Oxford United (2 years, 6 months)
Simon Grayson - Leeds United (2 years, 6 months)
Nigel Clough - Derby County (2 years, 5 months)
Terry Skiverton - Yeovil Town (2 years, 4 months)
Paul Peschisolido - Burton Albion (2 years, 1 month)
Ian Holloway - Blackpool (2 years, 1 month)

Simon Grayson is Leeds seventh manager since the turn of the century and the longest serving since David O`Leary 98-02.

Since Ken Bates took over in 2004, the club have had four full time managers

Leeds have had twenty-five full time managers since the formed in 1919 with Don Revie holding the record as Leeds longest serving manager (13 years, 4 months).

Only five Leeds managers have a longer service record than Grayson since Revie left his post in 1974.

Leeds have had sixteen full time managers since Revie left, with only eleven of them having over one year in the job.

Brian Clough and Jock Stein jointly hold the record for the shortest stay of fourty-four days.

Both left under totally different circumstances, Clough was sacked for reasons that have been well documented over the years whilst Stein left to take over the Scotland national side.

Longest serving Leeds managers since Don Revie
Howard Wilkinson October 88 - September 96 (7 years, 11 months)
Jimmy Armfield October 74 - July 78 (3 years, 9 months)
David O`Leary October 98 - June 2002 (3 years, 8 months)
Eddie Gray July 82 - October 85 (3 years, 3 months)
Billy Bremner October 85 - September 88 (2 years, 11 months)
Simon Grayson December 08 - (Currently 2 years 6 months)
Kevin Blackwell June 04 - September 06 (2 years, 3 months)
George Graham September 96 - October 98 (2 years, 1 month)
Jimmy Adamson October 78 - October 80 (1 year, 11 months)
Allan Clarke October 80 - June 82 (1 year 8 months)
Dennis Wise October 06 - January 08 (1 year, 3 months)

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Date:Monday June 13 2011

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