Peter was signed from Celtic on August 22nd 1997. A tough, competitive,
ball-winning midfielder, Peter is also a skillful passer of the
ball. He nearly joined Norwich in 1991/92 for £350,000 but
stayed with his first club Celtic for whom he made over 350 appearances.
Peter has won full Scottish international honours. He made 37
appearances for Norwich in his first season and was appointed
club captain in Matt Jackson's absence
Peter's name was circulated to Scottish clubs in the spring of
1999 as Norwich seek to rebuild their squad for the 1999/2000
season. He was looking for a coaching position and the Canaries
assisted him in his search. His contract at Carrow Road was canceled
in July 1999 with one year remaining.
Peter joined Scott Howie, John
Polston and Keith Scott at Reading
in mid-August 1999 making his debut on 21st August against Luton
in a 2-1 home defeat. He made a total of 29 appearances for Reading
scoring a solitary league goal
On 3rd May 2000, Ceefax reported that Peter had signed
a three year contract with Bournemouth as their player coach effective
as of the beginning of the 2000/01 season. Peter made 15 appearances
for the Cherries in 2000/01
On 20th January 2004, Alan Pardew, the West Ham manager, parted
company with his first team coach Paul Goddard and appointed Peter
in his place. The Hammers were promoted to the Premiership through
the play-offs in the 2004/5 season, and reached the FA Cup final
(and a place in the UEFA Cup) in 2005/6
Peter was linked in early October 2006 with the vacancy at Carrow
Road following Nigel Worthington's
sacking. The media broke the news that Grant had been appointed
as Worthington's replacement on 13th October 2006 although it
became official on 16th October 2006. Peter began his managerial
career at Norwich well, with the Canaries winning 1-0 at Steve
Bruce's Birmingham on 17th October 2006 thanks to a goal from
Grant's first season saw the Canaries finish in 16th place. The
2007/8 season started OK but a run of six games within a win or
a goal led to him departing the club "by mutual consent"
on Tuesday October 8th 2007 following a 1-0 defeat at bottom-placed
QPR. Jim Duffy was appointed as caretaker
manager. A spokesman for Norwich City said Grant's departure was
by mutual consent and followed long discussions between
the then manager and the board of directors after which Grant
said he felt he should step down with immediate effect.
Grant said: It was a very, very difficult decision for
us to make but it was right for myself and the football club going
forward. The most important things for me have always been the
supporters and the club itself. They are the two constants while
managers come and go. Unfortunately for me the balls haven't bounced
the right way for me over the last 12 months. I have had fantastic
support from the board from minute one right up until the time
of leavint but we are in a results-driven business and I don't
like being second-best at anything. I would like to thank everyone
for the support they have given me through a turbulent 12 months
and it goes withous sayting that I wish nothing but success for
Norwich City Football Club now and forever.
After being invited to assist his former Celtic teammate Tony
Mowbray with coaching at West Brom, Grant was linked on 4th January
2008 by the Daily Record with the vacant manager's position
at Scottish side Hearts. He was not successful.
In early July 2008, Grant was appointed first team coach at West
Brom and replaces Craig Shakespeare, who has joined Leicester
as assistant manager. After a year in the Premiership, Mowbray,
despite relegation, was appoitned manager at Celtic and took Grant
Mowbray and Grant were sacked by Celtic on 25th March 2010 followCeltic's
4-0 loss to St Mirren in the Scottish Cup; it didn't help that
the Hoops were lagging behind Rangers in the Scottish Premier
On 15th July 2010, Grant signed as first-team coach for Birmingham
City replacing Roy Aitken, who last week left the Barclays Premier
League club to link up with David O'Leary at United Arab Emirates
outfit Al Ahli. Blues boss Alex McLeish told the club's website:
I've known Peter for a long time. He was an adversary
of mine in my Aberdeen playing days, when he was a stalwart for
Celtic. He is a competitive man who has been brought up in a winner's
environment due to the traditions of Celtic. He has successfully
made the transition into becoming a coach and my diligence shows
me he is the right man for the job."
After Alan Pardew was appointed manager of Newcastle in December
2010, he approached Grant to become his number 2 at St James
Park but Grant rejected the approach choosing to stay at Birmingham.
In fact, former Newcastle manager Chris
Hughton had approached the highly rated Grant to work for
him. Grant had been a player at Reading under Pardew briefly and
four years later, out of the blue, got a call asking if he would
assist at West Ham. Grant was at Bournemouth at the time. Under
Pardews guidance with Grant at his side, West Ham won the
Championship play-offs, reached the 2006 FA Cup final, losing
to a Steven Gerrard-inspired Liverpool on penalties, and finished
ninth in the Premier League.
In his first season with Birmingham, the Blues won the League
Cup beating Arsenal 2-1 at Wembley on 27th February 2011. However
Grant and Birmingham were relegated to the Championship on 22nd
May 2011, following a 2-1 defeat at Spurs.
Grant followed McLeish to Villa Park in the summer of 2011 becoming
Assistant Manager. They were sacked on 14th May 2012 after Villa
narrowly escaped relegation to the Championship.
Grant teamed up again with McLeish when he was named McLeish's
deputy manager at Notts Forest on 2nd January 2013. However by
6th February 2013, Grant had left the club mere days after McLeish
had departed after falling out with Forest's Kuwaiti owners.