The situation at Leeds is dire and you can tell it’s dire because they’re being linked to Sam Allerdyce.
Sam Allerdyce has come to embody the stereotypical post-prime manager who comes in and saves teams from relegation. With four games remaining, saving Leeds now is a big ask, even for Big Sam.
If current manager Javi Gracia does get sacked, Leeds will be looking for their fourth manager of the season.
Sunday’s 4-1 loss to relegation rivals Bournemouth leaves them above the drop zone on goal difference alone. It’s their fourth defeat in a five game run in which they’ve conceded 5, 6 and four goals in different games.
They conceded 23 goals in April, which is a Premier League record for goals conceded in a month. You can’t blame the club hierarchy for panicking and pushing the Sam Allerdyce button.
Allerdyce generally comes in and makes teams defensively secure enough to scrap for the points they need to stay up. However, Leeds face Manchester City, Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham in their last four games.
Could Allerdyce really be the answer for that situation? Would Leeds not be better off just sticking with Gracia and avoiding even more upheaval?
It depends how much hope they have that he can turn it around. If they are truly considering Big Sam, it appears they do not have much faith at all.
Leeds have been good value on their return to the Premier League for the same reason they face the prospect of relegation – they’re chaotic. The appointment of Allerdyce would be an attempt to undo three seasons of chaos in six weeks. A final lunge at retaining their top flight status any way they can after trying to do it with trendy but erratic managers.
Allerdyce has never joined a team this late in the season. All he could do is make Leeds tough to play against, especially at home, and hope for the best.