SIMON Grayson could condemn MK Dons to relegation at Valley Parade tonight – three months after he rejected the chance to manage them.

A City win would spell the end for the visitors, who are six points adrift in League One’s bottom four.

MK Dons sacked manager Dan Micchiche on Sunday after just 15 games in charge.

But chairman Pete Winkelman had previously sounded out Grayson for the job before he accepted the Valley Parade hot-seat.

The Bantams boss said: “It’s no secret that I got offered four or five jobs before I took this one on.

“There were a few clubs sniffing round that I spoke to and I declined the opportunity.

“I’ve known Pete for ten years now. I’ve played against them many times at previous clubs and we’ve had conversations outside of football.

“He’s a friend as well as a football person.

“There were discussions on his part about wanting to take me there. But I felt at the time it wasn’t the right thing to do for myself.

“I wished him well but unfortunately it hasn’t turned out how he wanted it to.

“Any club want to have stability and consistency and you make a change thinking it’s going to be for the better.

“Sometimes it doesn’t work out and that’s unfortunate for MK Dons.

“But whoever we’re playing against, we want to beat them. If it ultimately sends them down, then we’ll be disappointed but it’s about what we do and we want to finish the season strongly.”

Callum Guy returned to training yesterday and could be involved as City look to make it four unbeaten in the first of three home games in eight days.

Grayson is waiting for a specialist’s report on Tyrell Robinson’s shoulder but the winger is unlikely to be risked before the end of the season.

Grayson feels City have answered a few critics with their response since the Blackpool defeat.

They are still nine points off the top six and unlikely to catch them but he wants to see a concerted effort to close that gap.

He added: “It’s all about the standards and that’s the key word we talk about every day.

“I think a few doubts have been answered but now the players have got to do it for the remaining four games.

“They are an honest bunch and do try. They need certain things channelling in a better direction, which comes with time, and there are areas we need to improve in if we’re going to be better this time next year.

“I would have addressed them in January if I’d been here then but they will ultimately need doing in the summer. That’s part and parcel of coming into a club and seeing what works and what perhaps doesn’t.

“We’re expecting another tough game because MK Dons are fighting for their lives. I haven’t a clue how they will play because they’ve just changed the manager but they will be desperate for the points.

“But ultimately it’s about what we do and we need to win the next four games to give ourselves a chance of being in and around it still.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Jake Reeves has gone under the knife to cure the issue that has kept him out since January.

“We’ve been trying to solve this groin problem since I’ve been at the club,” said Grayson. “But we finally decided it was best if he had an operation at the back end of last week.

“I’m pretty sure that it’s been a success and he’ll be available when the team come back for pre-season.”