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Manager James Grady parts company with Morton

James Grady
Grady took over as player-coach of Morton in September after David Irons' exit

Morton have parted company with manager James Grady after just eight months in charge of the club.

Grady, 39, took over as player-coach, assisted by Allan McManus, when David Irons was removed from his post in September last year.

The duo won 10 of their 33 matches in charge but only managed two wins in their last 10 in Division One.

The Greenock side ended in eighth place in this season, four points off the relegation play-off zone.

Morton had been in danger of being relegated until the closing stages of the final game of the season.

Grady's side were 1-0 behind to Ayr United before goals in the final 13 minutes by Stewart Greacen and Carlo Monti left Morton's opponents at the bottom of the table.

Airdrie United's defeat by Dunfermline Athletic also meant that Morton escaped a play-off involving the top teams in Division Two.

On Saturday, Airdrie subsequently followed Ayr into the league below after a two-leg play-off semi-final defeat by Brechin City.

Grady was a prolific striker with Clydebank, Dundee, Ayr, Partick Thistle, Dundee United, Gretna and Hamilton Accies before finishing his playing career with Morton.

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see also
Morton 2-1 Ayr United
01 May 10 |  Scottish League
Morton stick with Grady & McManus
31 Oct 09 |  Morton
Irons dismissed from Morton job
21 Sep 09 |  Morton

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