Ian Holloway has paid tribute to Simon Grayson, ahead of tonight’s game against the former Blackpool boss's new club Huddersfield Town.
Grayson spent just over three years as manager of The Seasiders, before being eventually succeeded by Holloway in 2008.
The former defender made the step up to manager after Colin Hendry’s departure in 2005 and led the Tangerines to League One promotion less than two years later.
Blackpool have gone on to scale even greater heights in the years since, but Holloway is quick to recognise the work his predecessor did at Bloomfield Road.
"The groundwork he and Tony Parkes put in gave me a fantastic base to challenge the boys and keep moving forward. I'm delighted to have taken up the reins,” Holloway said.
"I’ve done a couple of events with Simon and he’s a fantastic fella. The staff who were here when he was the manager speak very highly of him.
"Thommo [assistant manager Steve Thompson] and Phil [Horner, physio] haven’t a bad word to say about him."
Grayson’s Terriers have made a bright start to the new Championship season, after gaining promotion from League One in May. The Yorkshire club are unbeaten since the opening day of the season and could go up to second with a win at Bloomfield Road.
"Simon’s a fantastic manager and Monday will be a very tough game.
"He did brilliantly to get them up and he knows a good player when he sees one. You can tell that because he’s taken Keith Southern off us."