Sam Allardyce likely to return to management at Leeds United

After Leeds’s 4-1 loss to Bournemouth at the weekend, Javi Gracia is increasingly likely to be fired, according to a report by The Athletic.

Only a few months have passed since Gracia replaced Jesse Marsch and has since been placed in the hot seat. Additionally, Victor Orta’s job as director of football is said to be under scrutiny.

The Yorkshire team has gone five games without a victory and enters the last four games barely one goal above the Premier League’s relegation zone.

According to the article, Allardyce has become a “leading candidate” to take over at Elland Road in an effort to stop the decline.

The 68-year-old has not held a managerial position since leaving West Brom at the end of the 2020–21 season. Prior to that, he spent time with Everton, where he helped the Toffees finish in eighth place.

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Allardyce spent four years at West Ham in London and collaborated with Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear during that time.

Speaking last year about a potential return to management, he said: “Never say never. I’m never going to say never now, whatever might happen. If it feels right and I fancy it, then I’ll have a go.”

Leeds’ defeat at the Vitality Stadium was a deadly blow to their survival hopes. Now they face three of the current top six in Manchester City, Newcastle, and Tottenham in their difficult last four games.

West Ham, who are presently four points above the relegation zone, are another team that the Elland Road club still has to play.