first_imgNew Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has told talkSPORT he is relishing the challenge of attempting to lead the Black Cats back into the Premier League.The 47-year-old left Preston North End last week to succeed David Moyes in the Stadium of Light hotseat, signing a three-year deal.Grayson admits he has a tough job on his hands rebuilding the recently-relegated club, but he is fully up for the fight and is confident they will head in the right direction under his stewardship.Speaking to the Jim White show, he said: “Anybody that knows Sunderland knows the size of the club, the facilities, the supporters are fanatical and speaking to many people in the game, you realise it is a great opportunity.“It’s not one that I’ve gone into thinking it is going to be easy because it certainly isn’t. It is very difficult for teams that have been in the Premier League to get promoted quickly back.“We have got a few players that have left the club and will maybe leave the club. As it stands we have got 11 first team players out here [at a pre-season training camp in Austria]… but it is a great opportunity. We have come in here, we are trying to change the mind-set around, get the players working hard, enjoying themselves, and let’s try and get this club back where it belongs.“You only have to get a few good results and then suddenly the whole thing can snowball and be very effective and go in the right direction.”Grayson says he will have a ‘realistic budget’ this summer and is attempting to put together a squad with the right balance of youth and experience.“We are probably not going to have the biggest budget in the division, but we are certainly not going to have one of the lowest,” he said.“We are going to work with the players we have got, we are going to work with the Under-23s to improve them and give the opportunities, but we are certainly going to be bringing in players in, whether that is loans from other clubs, permanents from other clubs, or frees.“It’s all about getting the right types into this club. There have been too many players in the past that have been here for the trappings of it all and the money.“We are working hard behind the scenes to secure a few deals and hopefully we are getting very close to some.“It is relentless in the Championship. You have to have a real strong mentality, a real desire, a fantastic team ethic and spirit to get you through difficult stages and that is what I have tried to create at all clubs I have been at and this is going to be no different.“The recruitment is going to be so important – we have to bring in the right players with all those attributes that hopefully make the supporters realise what we want to do and be proud again.”last_img