Grayson to leave Saints

Northampton Saints today announced that assistant coach Paul Grayson is leaving the club.

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Mallinder pays tribute to departing Grayson

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder Credit: PA

Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder today thanked Grayson for his dedication to the club.

“Grase has been a big part of the Saints for many years and has played an important role in our development. The records he set as a player will take something special to break, and as a coach he has helped bring on some very talented individuals.

"We will use this as an opportunity to freshen things up and move things forward. On behalf of the players and coaches I wish Grase and his family all the best for the future.”

Grayson: Time to prioritise my family

On leaving the Northampton Saints Paul Grayson said:

I enjoyed myself as a player here, and over the past few years it has been satisfying to have played a part in helping the Saints get back to the top of the club game. I am proud to have been a part of the history of one of the great clubs.

After 19 years at Franklin’s Gardens I need to prioritise my wife and children and make some sacrifices for them. As such I am happy to step away from my role with the club in good health and on the right path, and look forward to exploring the many opportunities that are out there in the world of rugby.

– Paul Grayson

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Grayson leaves Saints with immediate effect

Paul Grayson Credit: PA

Paul Grayson is to leave Northampton Saints with immediate effect.

The former fly-half joined the side in 1993 and went on to become the club's all-time leading point scorer, notching 2,784 points from 259 games.

As a player he won the Heineken Cup, was a member of England's 2003 World Cup winning squad and was a member of the British Lions in 1997.

As a coach he took Saints to the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2007 and alongside Jim Malinder helped the club win the Amlin Challenge Cup, 2010 LV Cup.

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