The Whites are preparing for life under a third different permanent manager this season, with Sam Allardcye taking over from Javi Gracia on Wednesday.
It sees Leeds look to swallow their pride and accept the situation they are in, turning to the Premier League’s most iconic relegation specialist.
What has Allardyce said?
‘Big Sam’ spoke to the media for the first time since being appointed yesterday, where he provided plenty of noteworthy comments not only about taking the job and how he sees this Leeds team, but how he also sees his own credentials.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he stated:
“I’m 68 but there’s nobody ahead of me in football terms. Not Pep, not Klopp, not Arteta.”BBC
Ally McCoist in defence of Allardyce
Speaking on talkSPORT, Ally McCoist was quick to defend the Leeds boss over his choice of words during this press conference.
He discussed the matter with Alan Brazil, and answered with this:
“He’s well within his rights to say that, and I’ve got to say, I think Guardiola’s a genius, I think Arteta’s well on the road to building a fantastic side at Arsenal. However, if I was Leeds, and I was offered one of the three of them to get my team to stay up, it probably would be Sam.”
Is Sam Allardyce a good appointment?
In this position, there is no one you would want more than Allardyce to keep a side in the Premier League, because he’s proven so often that he can correct side’s poor form.
He isn’t a glamorous choice by any stretch, and it’s a sorry state for Leeds that it’s come to this, but he’s coming in for a lot of stick for these comments.
He knew what he was saying, but it wasn’t to undermine the brilliance of those managers he mentioned, because he offers a completely different approach.