Tord Grip began his football career as a teenager playing for Ytterhogdals IK, in which he as most footballers of his generation also played bandy, later playing part-time in the top flight for Degerfors IF and AIK while studying for his degree in Physical Education. He became a
player/manager at KB Karlskoga in 1969 and has since managed several other Swedish, Italian and Swiss clubs. He has also managed the Norwegian men's national team, the Swedish women's senior team and men's under-16 team and has had two spells as assistant manager of the Swedish men's national team.
After his second period as assistant manager of the national team, in 1998 Grip took up a coaching position at Italian club S.S. Lazio as the assistant of fellow Swedish manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. When Eriksson was appointed England National Team Coach in 2000 he brought Grip with him from Lazio as assistant manager, and he remained in the post until the end of the 2004 European Championships and with England until 2006
In November 2006 Grip was appointed Special Advisor to the Swedish club Djurgårdens IF.
On 6 July 2007, Grip became part of the Manchester City backroom staff when Sven-Göran Eriksson took over as manager of the club, it meant that Grip was re-united with Eriksson after their reign together in the England set-up.
Grip was reunited with Eriksson in 2008 after accepting an offer to become assistant manager of the Mexican National Team.
In 2009, after Eriksson was fired by the Mexico Football Federation due to a bad string of results, Eriksson and Grip took up the positions of Director of Football and General Advisor to the Director of Football at Notts County respectively.