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Shock Appointment – Ex-England Manager Inbound at Leeds United with Late Managerial Change

Sam Allardyce

Leeds United fans were hit with a surprise report from Phil Hay this evening, as the club are reportedly considering hiring Sam Allardyce to replace Javi Gracia. This comes after an extremely turbulent time at Elland Road, with poor results placing the club in danger of the drop.

Sam Allardyce Likely to Join Leeds United as Javi Gracia Sacked

Why are Leeds United Sacking Javi Gracia?

Javi Gracia is likely to lose his place as manager at Leeds United because of the terrible run of form the club is experiencing. With just one point in the last five, the Whites are desperate for any signs of life that might keep the side up.

The Spaniard made a few confusing decisions in his time at the club, including failing to play Willy Gnonto since the last international break and putting Jack Harrison at left wing-back against Bournemouth. These decisions may have ultimately cost the manager his job as the Yorkshire side struggles to avoid relegation.

Read More: Leeds United Consider Sacking Javi Gracia

Why Sam Allardyce?

Sam Allardyce, otherwise known as “Big Sam”, has a perception as a relegation expert, helping clubs to organise their defence. Defensive structure is something that the Lilywhites are desperate for, conceding the most goals in the division this season.

The ex-England manager doesn’t have long to make a mark, with the club only facing Manchester City, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur across the remainder of the season. Chances to pick up points are few and far between.

Read More: Sam Allardyce’s Most Recent Role was at West Bromwich Albion

What else does this indicate?

Hiring “Big Sam” is a move that is far from what the club are accustomed to, with the manager only knowing Angus Kinnear from their shared time at West Ham. This indicates a potential sacking of Director of Football Victor Orta, who has been seen to have made plenty of mistakes this season that have put the club in danger.

The club is yet to announce anything official about the positions of both manager and Director of Football.

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