Saints legend Grayson leaves the Gardens


European Cup winner Paul Grayson has left the Saints by mutual consent, ending a 19-year association with the Franklin’s Gardens club.

The current assistant coach has been at Northampton as a player and coach since signing on in 1993, going on to become the club’s all-time leading point scorer with 2,784 from 259 games.

By the time Grayson retired from playing in 2005 he was a Heineken Cup winner - kicking all of the points in the 9-8 final win over Munster at Twickenham in 2000 - a member of England’s World Cup winning squad and had toured with the successful 1997 British and Irish Lions.

As head coach, Grayson took the Saints to the 2007 Heineken Cup semi-final, and as part of Jim Mallinder’s staff he helped the club win the 2009 Amlin Challenge Cup, the 2010 LV= Cup and reach the 2011 Heineken Cup final as well as three successive Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals.

Grayson is leaving Franklin’s Gardens by mutual consent, and with immediate effect.

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

“Grays has been a big part of the Saints for many years and has played an important role in our development,” said the director of rugby.

“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 Grays and his family all the best for the future.”

The Northampton Saints management are considering all options regarding the club’s coaching group and will make an announcement in due course. Until then no further comment will be made.