Leeds United Sack Grayson

Leeds United have confirmed manager Simon Grayson and his coaching staff have been sacked.

The decision comes after Tuesday's 4-1 Championship home defeat by Birmingham City.

It was the clubs 10th loss this season and leaves Leeds three points of sixth place.

Grayson has been at Elland Road for three years and helped the club win promotion to the championship during that time.

Youth team manager Neil Redfearn has been placed in temporary charge until a new manager is appointed.

Neil Warnock, Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Bruce are the current front runners to be the next permanent Leeds boss. However Leeds United legends Gordon Strachan, Lucas Radebe and Gary McAllister are also in the picture.

Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has explained the club are looking for a new managerial team to get more out of their existing squad.

He told the club's official website: "We have 18 games to go this season and are still within touching distance of the play-offs, but felt with the transfer window now closed we needed to make the change at this time in the belief that a new managerial team will be able to get more out of the existing squad of players and make the difference.

"Simon and his staff have given the club over three good years' service and we would like to place on record our thanks and wish them all the best for the future.

"Current youth-team manager Neil Redfearn has been asked to take temporary charge of the first team until a new manager is available."