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Sun­der­land boss Si­mon Grayson says he will con­tinue to ask his squad to adapt to a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent sys­tems in the com­ing months.

Grayson (pic­tured) has a rep­u­ta­tion for prag­ma­tism when it comes to team se­lec­tion and has used a num­ber of dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions in his short time on Wear­side.

Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing dis­play against Sh­effield United last week­end, when the Black Cats lined up with a five-man de­fence, Grayson moved to re­in­force his mid­field and saw a bet­ter per­for­mance against Not­ting­ham For­est on Tues­day, if not a bet­ter re­sult.

“I sur­prise my­self some­times!” he said.

“I’ve never been one to play one sys­tem be­cause it’s not how I work and, ul­ti­mately, I al­ways put groups to­gether so I can change game by game.

“I don’t go for a phi­los­o­phy or a way of play­ing, be­cause, at Chamit’s pi­o­nship level, just about win­ning games and play­ing dif­fer­ent ways. “We’ll have dif­fer­ent sys­tems we’ll play through­out the next few months for def­i­nite.” The Sun­der­land man­ager has also urged the EFL to fol­low in the foot­steps of the Pre­mier League and shut the trans­fer win­dow be­fore the start of the sea­son.

The Black Cats be­gan their Cham­pi­onship cam­paign amid fre­quent spec­u­la­tion over a num­ber of their se­nior first team play­ers, and Grayson be­lieves it would be a pos­i­tive step to make the change.

“You know I am a big ad­vo­cate of the win­dow shut­ting be­fore the sea­son starts,” he said. “You then know what squad you have and play­ers not hav­ing their head turned or not fully com­mit­ted to what you are do­ing.

“The sooner it hap­pens the bet­ter and hope­fully it comes into the EFL too, so we have the squads avail­able to us from the start of the sea­son to Jan­uary.”

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