Simon Grayson: ‘Sunderland need time to improve’

Simon Grayson has said that Sunderland’s improvement will be a “slow process”.

The Black Cats drew their opening Championship match against Derby County on Friday after finishing bottom of the Premier League last season.

Bradley Johnson put Derby ahead before Lewis Grabban equalised from the penalty spot.

“It is going to be a slow process but we’ve got to take positive steps and tonight we gave ourselves the platform to build up,” Grayson told reporters.

“I haven’t got a magic wand, I can’t suddenly turn this club into a real positive, happy-go-lucky club playing free-flowing football – they’ve got to earn the right but it’s about taking those small steps.

“I am disappointed we conceded the goal but the biggest thing was we didn’t crumble. Maybe this time last year the team might have gone under but they got back on the front foot and asked lots of questions.”

Grayson joined Sunderland as manager in June after a four-year spell at Preston North End.

Cover Photo: Sunderland vs Newcastle – Warmup by Ben Andreas Harding used under license by CC BY-SA 2.0.

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