Leeds ‘strongly considering’ Sam Allardyce as Javi Gracia ‘increasingly likely to be sacked’

Will Ford
Allardyce speaks on Everton

Leeds United are ‘strongly considering’ a move for Sam Allardyce to save their season.

The former England manager is the ‘leading contender’ to take over at Elland Road according to The Athletic, who claim Javi Gracia is ‘increasingly likely to be sacked on the back of Leeds’ 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday’.

Leeds dropped to 17th place after Leicester’s 2-2 draw with Everton on Monday and are staring relegation in the face having taken one point from their last five.

Gracia has been at the helm for just two months having replaced Jesse Marsch, but a shocking run of form has seen the Leeds fans turn on the Spaniard, seemingly to the point of no return.

Allardyce has been out of management for close to two years having left his post at West Brom, who appointed the 68-year-old in their own bid to avoid relegation during the 2020-21 season, before dropping to the Championship.

The report adds: ‘Doubt also surrounds the future of director of football Victor Orta amid suggestions that the Spaniard’s position is under threat following a second successive relegation battle.’

After the defeat to Bournemouth a Leeds fan group issued a statement of no confidence in the current management of the club.

The statement read: ‘After the result and performance of the team today, the Leeds United Supporters Advisory Board (SAB) would like to place on record its lack of faith in the current management team at the club,’ the statement read.

‘The SAB have been supportive of many decisions this year and will always work with the club to improve the way the club connects with its supporters and communities, so it is only right that we also address the current performances and the situation we are now faced with.

‘Leeds United fans have, and will always, support our club through its ups and downs, but with four games left this situation is no longer sustainable.

‘The narrow escape from relegation last season should have been the catalyst for a season of growth but this season has now turned into a humiliating disaster.

‘The appointment of Jesse Marsch, a style of play so different from that of Marcelo Bielsa, the sacking of Marsch after the transfer window had closed, the hiring of a fifth-choice manager, the purchase of a £35m striker who has played hardly any minutes in a relegation dogfight, the costly and embarrassing mistakes made in the Jean-Kevin Augustin case… there have been far too many questionable decisions and people must be made accountable.

‘The players must also take responsibility for their abject performances and lack of professional pride since half-time against Crystal Palace.

‘To pull on that famous white shirt is something that us fans can only dream of, yet it seems that some of the squad don’t have the fight for this battle.

‘We are therefore asking for immediate changes to be made to the first-team coach and to those responsible for the recruitment of the managers and players who have been brought in over the last 14 months.

‘The Supporters Advisory Board are due to meet with the club this coming week and hope that they are able to respond to this statement before the meeting takes place.’

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