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"You get on with it" - Simon Grayson didn't revel his role in Sunderland documentary


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Chronicling the most complicated, short-lived period of his managerial career, Simon Grayson, the prospective star of Sunderland 'Till I Die, freely admits that the documentary is not without a certain charm; even if his time on centre stage was cut surprisingly short.

Without any allusions toward a David Brent-esque "stitch up," Grayson suggests that "when you look at the overall picture of it all, it is a good documentary."

Speaking to The Keith Andrews Show this afternoon, the man currently in charge of Bradford City reflected on the manner by which this strange situation of manifested itself.

"It was already agreed when I took over at Sunderland, Ellis Short decided that that was what we had to do," Grayson explained.

"I didn't want them in the dressing-room, just like any other manager, [and] there were certain parts of it I didn't agree with, but you get on with it."

Left beleaguered by a number of the editing choices made, Grayson did suggest he and certain members of his staff had perhaps not been presented in the most admirable way imaginable.

"From my perspective, we weren't really given too much opportunity to express our personality," Grayson stated.

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Considering the direct difficulties he encountered during his four-month spell with the Championship club, the financial constraints imposed upon Grayson's tenure ultimately told.

"When you got in there you realised that some of the players weren't as good as you thought they'd be," Grayson revealed.

"When you were then trying to get rid of them, there were no real takers.

"Then, there were £45, £50 million worth of sales that went out the door, the likes of [Jordan] Pickford, [Fabio] Borini, and others, and we spent just over £1 million on 12 players.

"So we had to restructure the whole squad on very little money."

A complicated spell with Sunderland, Grayson appears content to have the difficult spell behind him.

You can watch back all of today's Keith Andrews Show here

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