Sam Allardyce leading contender for Leeds United job

According to The Athletic, Sam Allardyce is in the frame to replace Leeds United interim head coach Javi Gracia following a damaging 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Gracia is reportedly increasingly likely to be sacked and Allardyce has emerged as the leading contender for the role.

Leeds sit 17th and only remain outside of the drop zone on goal difference with four season-defining matches left to play.

Should Allardyce be appointed, he will be tasked with four less than favourable fixtures. Leeds’ face Manchester City (a), Newcastle United (h), West Ham United (a) and Tottenham Hotspur (h) before the close of the campaign.

Reports suggest director of football Victor Orta may also be under threat following a second successive relegation battle.

Allardyce was last in post at West Bromwich Albion during the 2020/21 Premier League season which ultimately ended in relegation for the Baggies.

Although, the 68-year-old managed to steady the ship at Everton after Ronald Koeman departed the club in November leaving the Toffees in the relegation zone at the time. Allardyce guided the Merseyside club to an eighth-placed finish that season.

Mark Marston | Get Football

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