Leeds confirm arrival of Sam Allardyce to save club from Premier League relegation
Posted by  badge Boss on May 03, 2023 - 11:26AM
‘Big Sam’ back in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager until the end of the season.

The former boss arrives at Elland Road in one final roll of the dice to save the club from relegation with just four games of the season remaining.

He replaces Javi Gracia, who leaves Leeds after just 12 games in charge.

Leeds have endured a woeful run of results that has sucked them back into a relegation scrap, losing four of their last five games and conceding 18 goals in that run.

They currently sit 17th in the table, hovering above the relegation zone on goal difference ahead of Allardyce’s first game in charge against Manchester City on Saturday.

Allardyce returns to management after failing to keep West Brom in the top flight in 2021, the only occasion he has suffered relegation from the Premier League.

The 68-year-old has managed Bolton, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton during his career in the dugout, also leading England for one game during his brief and ill-fated spell at the helm in 2016.

Allardyce will be assisted by former MK Dons, Charlton Athletic and Oxford United manager Karl Robinson with reports suggesting he will also be joined by former Leeds and Republic of Ireland star Robbie Keane.

Zigor Aranalde, Mikel Antia and Juan Solla will join Gracia in leaving the club, with sporting director Victor Orta also leaving his role on Tuesday.