Allardyce breaks down why Leeds United have been relegated – ‘that is the biggest disappointment’

Lewis Oldham
Leeds boss Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has explained why he thinks Leeds United have suffered relegation and he admits “there is a lot to be done even for the Championship”.

The veteran boss returned to management at the start of this month and he was tasked with keeping Leeds United in the Premier League.

Allardyce was ultimately unable to save Leeds as they were relegated on the final day of the season.

Leeds needed to beat Tottenham to give themselves any hope of staying up but they lost 4-1 at Elland Road. Harry Kane reached 30 league goals for the season by scoring a brace against Allardyce’s side.

The 68-year-old picked up just one point out of a possible 12 as Leeds ended up finishing 19th in the Premier League.

Allardyce thinks Leeds United’s squad is “a little on the young side and lacks experience” ahead of their return to the Championship.

“The ‘too much’ [to get out of trouble] was our fault, not the great skill of Tottenham Hotspur,” Allardyce told BBC Match of the Day.

“In my short time, that is par for the course and also par for the course before I got here. It is a great shame. Our efforts today will go unnoticed. 20-21 attempts at goal and two on target. We created a lot today.

“We didn’t have the quality Tottenham have to put the ball in the net. It should have easily resulted in a normal game, in two or three goals. Tottenham: 11 attempts, four goals. And then our gifting of goals.

“That is the biggest disappointment, along with the time we gifted them. Two minutes into each half. One when we fight back. We were on top at that time. The fans go home disappointed and show that and rightly so. If we had been more resilient, we could have had more in our favour.

“There is a lot to be done, even for the Championship. Goals to be scored and goalscorers to score them. That is an area. The squad is a little on the young side and lacks experience.

“That could be not as big a problem in the Championship, as those lads could make a big impact. The size of the squad is another factor over 46 games. Which way does the club want to go? It is a huge disappointment to me not to have gotten more results from the players. I can’t blame them for not trying. They gave everything they have but you can’t make those errors at this level.

“I’m disappointed for the fans. They are very entitled to show their disapproval. They filled the stadium to support and the lads should have given them more to get behind them.”

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