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Sam Allardyce ‘a leading contender’ for Leeds job with Javi Gracia facing the sack amid relegation dogfight

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May 1, 2023
Sam Allardyce 'a leading contender' for Leeds job with Javi Gracia facing the sack amid relegation dogfight

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Sam Allardyce is being seriously considered for the Leeds job as Javi Gracia faces the sack, it has been reported.

The Whites have been in torrid form in recent weeks, culminating in a shoddy 4-1 loss to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Allardyce is among those linked with the job for the remainder of the season

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Allardyce is among those linked with the job for the remainder of the season

According to The Athletic, Allardyce is ‘a leading contender’ to take the reins at Elland Road to save their season and keep them in the Premier League.

Leeds have taken just one point from their last five games and have dropped down to 17th in the table following the 2-2 draw between Leicester and Everton on Monday night.

Gracia was only appointed manager in February, taking over from Jesse Marsch but talkSPORT understands the Spaniard is facing the axe.

The Yorkshire club conceded 21 times in April, a Premier League record, while the players issued an apology to the fans after the thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth at the weekend.

Leeds also addressed a video that has gone viral of the players ignoring fans after they left the team hotel.

A statement read: “Words can’t express how sorry we are that the youngster in the video wearing the Leeds kit is not shown more love from the squad.


Gracia has won just three of his 12 matches in charge

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Gracia has won just three of his 12 matches in charge

Leeds are in danger of getting relegated

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Leeds are in danger of getting relegated

“On a matchday we do an activation walk, before and after this we stop for photos and autographs to ensure we interact with fans, but that we are also on time when leaving for games.”

Allardyce has not managed since his post at West Brom in 2021 where he was hired in similar circumstances but he could not save the Baggies from relegation.

Nevertheless, the 68-year-old has earned a reputation as a firefighter for desperate clubs in the top division and has saved Sunderland, Everton and Crystal Palace from going down.

Leeds chief Angus Kinnear knows Allardyce well from their time working together at West Ham.

And the club are extremely concerned that Gracia is not the man to get them out of their current situation considering the stark decline of results in recent weeks.

Allardyce has not managed since 2021 with West Brom

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Allardyce has not managed since 2021 with West Brom

With four matches left in the season, Leeds are only out of the bottom three on goal difference alone and they face tough games.

First, they take on Manchester City on Saturday before hosting Newcastle the following week.

Their last two matches are against West Ham and Tottenham.

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