The odds on Simon Grayson taking over as the new Aston Villa boss were slashed from 50/1 to 5/2 following a series of big bets in a North Yorkshire bookmakers it was revealed this weekend.

Grayson, who arrived at Elland Road in 2008 after guiding Blackpool to the Championship won promotion with Leeds in 2010 and narrowly missed out on a Premier League play-off position last season.

Born in Leeds, Simon Grayson was raised a Leeds United fan and began his career at the club’s youth academy.

Grayson has been linked with other higher profile positions in the past, but such rumours have always been dismissed quickly. The absence of noise from Elland Road and the location of the bets suggests there may well be something to this rumour and that Leeds United could be looking for a new manager to guide them into the 2011/12 campaign – a season in which the club will be satisfied with nothing less than a Premier League return.

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