In a last gasp attempt to evade relegation from the Premier League, Leeds have dismissed manager Javi Gracia and replaced him with former England coach Sam Allardyce.
After a brief tenure of 12 games, the Spaniard Gracia, who was appointed recently in February, has been sacked at Elland Road. As Leeds sit 17th in the Premier League and are only out of the relegation zone by goal difference, 68-year-old Sam Allardyce has been assigned the incredible responsibility of having to lead the club to safety in their remaining four matches - all of which appear to be big challenges for the current form of United. Sam's first game being against title chasing Manchester City on Saturday. Allardyce revealed he accepted the job "in seconds" during an interview with Talksport. Expressing his surprise at the availability of the job at this stage of the season, stating that he believed no jobs would be available. Despite the limited time, he expressed hope that he could keep Leeds in the Premier League, despite only with four games remaining and them all being tough fixtures.
The departure of director of football Victor Orta was also announced on Tuesday, as he was in disagreement with the board over Gracia's position. Gracia had been appointed on a "flexible contract" on February 21st, two weeks following the departure of former boss Jesse Marsch, who had taken over from Marcelo Bielsa less than a year ago. Gracia's final game in charge was a 4-1 loss to Bournemouth on Sunday, which extended Leeds' winless streak to five games - including four losses, since their 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on April 4th... Whilst we are unsure if these changes within the board and managerial roles will have any impact on the performances on the pitch, the speculation and build up to Saturday will surely be entertaining as we anticipate Allardyce' first managerial game in charge of Leeds, where the fans will be praying for a miraculous boost in confidence, form, and result.