Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Only Want Winners Here, Says Grayson; I Only Want Winners at This Club Now, Declares New Wearsiders Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Only Want Winners Here, Says Grayson; I Only Want Winners at This Club Now, Declares New Wearsiders Boss

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer @StuRayner

SIMON Grayson says he has already been inundated with players who want to come to Sunderland but is only interested in those who can help him create a winning culture.

The 47-year-old former Blackpool, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End manager promised to be realistic in his new job - and said promotion was an achievable goal next season.

Grayson's first signing was made on his first full day as manager, John O'Shea agreeing a new one-year contract. The Republic of Ireland international will be asked to bring through some of the youngsters at the club who Grayson says will be given their chance to impress at a five-day Austrian training camp starting today.

"Promotion's a realistic ambition for every team," he said when asked. "Why do you start a new season without any ambition to be in the next division? "We've got some good players here and I'd like to think we'll bring some more and we'll be competitive, and this season we achieve what everybody wants to achieve."

Grayson mentioned recruitment more than once as one of his strengths, saying he would not have the Championship's biggest or smallest budget. At the same time, he will look carefully at those he inherits.

"When you look at the squad there's plenty of work still to be done but I want to give the younger players an opportunity as well," he stressed. "There are some talented young Turn to Page 80 FROM BACK PAGE players - (George) Honeyman, (Lynden) Gooch and (Elliot) Embleton. Maybe they didn't play as much in the Premier League but it's a different level in the Championship. "There's some good 18-year-old strikers (Joel Asoro and Josh Maja) as well but they do need some guidance and help from other players because of the number of games you have in the Championship."

It was clear not just from what he said but his demeanour in his first Press conference that Grayson is looking to create a more optimistic atmosphere.

"It's going to be about bringing out the positivity in the current players and managing players in a different way to what they've been used to but also bringing in players with the right character to rub off on the existing squad," he explained. …

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