Leeds confirm Grayson as manager, Blackpool cry foul

Blackpool have revealed that Grayson tendered his resignation to the board at Bloomfield Road this morning, and confirmed that his resignation was refused. This could lead to both Leeds and Grayson facing legal action following his appointment.

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A statement from the Championship club read: "Blackpool FC can confirm that Simon Grayson tendered his resignation at 0830 on Tuesday morning.
The resignation was not accepted by the board of directors and the club are now considering legal action against both Simon Grayson and Leeds United."

United had been locked in negotiations with Blackpool over compensation for Grayson, whose contract at Bloomfield Road was due to run until 2010.

He was identified as Leeds' preferred option for the vacancy at Elland Road after McAllister was sacked on Sunday following his 50th game in charge.

Grayson began his playing career with United and has been Blackpool's manager for three years, leading the club to promotion from League One in 2007 and firmly establishing them inside the Championship.

Leeds are still to confirm the length of Grayson contract and the make-up of his backroom team.

Southend travel to Yorkshire to play Leeds on Tuesday evening January 27, 2009.