Sam Allardyce appointed Leeds United boss as Javi Gracia was sacked. After Leeds fired Javi Gracia, Sam Allardyce takes over until the end of the season, with the club above the relegation zone based on goal difference; Allardyce: ” I knew who it was right away when the phone rang with a name I was pretty familiar with, so it took me about two seconds to say yes. After the club fired head coach Javi Gracia after only two and a half months in charge, Sam Allardyce has been hired as Leeds’s manager until the end of the season. Previous Britain director Allardyce, who has been jobless since leaving West Brom in May 2021, makes a shock return to football to attempt to save Leeds from a Heads Association transfer with just four rounds of time remaining. The 68-year-old has a challenging schedule that includes a trip to Manchester City, the current champions.
“I know it [Leeds] is in a lot of trouble,” Allardyce said. “I have seen a lot of trouble before and – I could have done a little bit more time, but four games – hopefully we can make a difference and keep this fabulous club in the Premier League.”
Allardyce added: “[I was] shocked [to get the opportunity], I never thought at this stage of the season there would be jobs offered.
“When the phone popped up with a name that I knew pretty well, I knew who it was straight away, so it took me about two seconds to say yes.”
Sam Allardyce appointed Leeds United boss as Javi Gracia sacked
Allardyce, who previously rescued Sunderland and Crystal Palace from potential relegation, becomes the club’s fourth head coach of the season and will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 4 pm.
Gracia leaves the club after just 12 games in charge. Zigor Aranalde, Mikel Antia, and Juan Solla have also departed.
A club statement reads: “Allardyce has managed over 500 Premier League games in a managerial career stretching 29 years and he brings a wealth of knowledge in fighting for survival, having guided a number of his previous clubs to safety.
“Allardyce will be assisted by former MK Dons, Charlton Athletic, and Oxford United manager Karl Robinson.”
Robbie Keane is also expected to join Allardyce’s backroom team. Sammy Lee is unable to join Allardyce’s backroom team because he is on jury service.
Gracia has released a statement following his departure.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity and proud of the team, both players and coaching staff. That’s how I would like to summarise my time at Leeds United. I would have preferred a different moment, but the circumstances have changed.
“We arrived on a short three-month contract. And we did it because we believed in this team. We considered our chances and had confidence. And we know it is possible. We are not talking about miracles but about the efficient result of a well-done work and a process of improvement.
“The team is out of the relegation zone and with a good chance of achieving the objective. It has been a very intense period for many reasons. A busy schedule, injuries and a young but skilled team. However, we managed to position ourselves better than our rivals and this is shown by the results.
“Compared to our direct rivals and since we were hired, we are the team with the most points – eleven in total – compared to our main competitors. I am confident that the team will achieve its objective.”
On a “flexible contract,” Gracia was given the job of replacing Jesse Marsch in February. However, Leeds have lost four of their last five games, leaving them only on goal difference above the Premier League relegation zone. A terrible April for Gracia and Leeds came to an end with a 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday. Gracia’s team had also lost five consecutive home games to Liverpool, 5-1, and Crystal Palace, respectively. They set a Premier League record for goals against in a single month when they gave up 23 in April. The Leeds United Supporters Advisory Board, a fan organization, cast a vote of no confidence in both the club’s board and head coach Gracia on Sunday night.
Before Gracia’s firing, Leeds reported head of football Orta had left the club by shared assent.
After taking over at Elland Road in the summer of 2017, the Spaniard was instrumental in the club’s long-awaited return to the Premier League. However, recent mishaps have resulted in Orta’s departure being confirmed by troubled Leeds. Carragher is of the opinion that a late managerial change may be their only chance of achieving the results they require to remain in the top division with difficult remaining games, which begin on Saturday with a trip to leaders Manchester City.
He stated, “I would not be surprised at all if they made that change.” He added, “They’ve got to try to create some sort of feel-good factor in the home games they’ve got, to bring some kind of energy and a performance to get them over the line.”
“The only thing the board and hierarchy will be thinking about, in my opinion, is, “Can we make Elland Road a fortress in these last couple of games at home?”
“I believe that is their only option. Get somebody where it turns into an extreme game for the groups going there, where there’s an environment, there’s an energy, since right since has evaporated totally.”