Pundit Watch

“No one better”, “Beat Newcastle” – 2 things pundits have had to say about Sam Allardyce’s Leeds United appointment

Image for “No one better”,  “Beat Newcastle” – 2 things pundits have had to say about Sam Allardyce’s Leeds United appointment

Leeds United have confirmed that chief Premier League firefighter Sam Allardyce has been appointed as the club’s new manager.

Leeds are preparing for their toughest fixture of the season this weekend as they travel to Manchester City on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a host of changes are afoot at the club with Victor Orta departing yesterday, before he was followed out of the door by fellow Spaniard, manager Javi Gracia.

Gracia has now been replaced by Sam Allardyce until the end of the season, with the task of keeping Leeds up his remit.

Here, we look at how the pundits have reacted to the news of Leeds’ managerial switch…

What has Jamie Carragher said?

It was an appointment that was wrapped up early in the week with reports emerging on Monday evening of the deal being in place.

That gave the Sky Sports Monday Night Football panel chance to dissect the decision as Leeds watched on during Leicester and Everton’s six-pointer, that ended 2-2 – arguably the best result for Leeds.

Jamie Carragher discussed the decision, to which he stated:

“I don’t think Sam Allardyce has ever come in this late. He’s normally come in with a January transfer window to bring his own players in and have time to change it.

“But I think it would be a decent appointment. Whether the crowd get behind it, I’m not so sure. I don’t know how Leeds supporters would react to Sam Allardyce.

“But in terms of trying to make them more solid and better defensively, there’s probably no one better out there.”

Is Sam Allardyce a good appointment?





Keys and Grey discuss Man City trip

As fixtures go, things look bleak for Leeds in their final four league games – they face Manchester City away, Newcastle United at home, West Ham away, and Tottenham at home on the final day.

No one will feasibly expect Leeds to take anything from the treble-hopefuls this Saturday, but Richard Keys believes Leeds now have a chance of getting something.

Keys spoke on beIN SPORTS with partner-in-crime Andy Gray, where the pair disagreed on the manager’s credentials to get results in Leeds’ worrying run-in:

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him go to City and dig something out,” as Gray replied: “Would it not?”

Keys added: “And it wouldn’t surprise me to see him beat Newcastle, there you go,” to which Gray smirked and said: “Really?”

Quiz: Did these 15 former Leeds United players also play for Manchester City?

1 of 15

Did Danny Mills play for Manchester City as well as Leeds?

Share this article

Leeds United season ticket holder since 2013/14, currently situated in the middle of the FA5 noise. From Pablo Hernandez to 5-1 drubbings, I've seen it all at Elland Road.