Leeds United confirm departure of Sam Allardyce


Sam Allardyce, the manager of Leeds United, has voluntarily left the organization, the team has confirmed.

With only four games left in the 2022–23 season, Allardyce was hurried into Elland Road to take over as manager, replacing Javi Gracia in an effort to avoid being demoted from the Premier League.

Before holding top-four Newcastle United to a 2-2 draw, he lost to eventual champions Manchester City by a razor-thin margin of 2-1 on the road.

After losing 3-1 at West Ham United on the penultimate weekend of the season, Leeds needed to defeat Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the season to have any hope of surviving. The Spurs destroyed them 4-1.

Additionally, Leeds has recently announced that Allardyce won’t be joining the team for the 2023–24 season.

“Leeds United and Sam Allardyce can confirm that both parties have mutually agreed for Sam’s spell at the club to end following the completion of the 2022/23 season,” read the statement.

Despite valiant efforts against Manchester City and Newcastle United, the goal of remaining in the Premier League was not achieved when Sam joined the Whites for the final four games of the season.

Allardyce told Leeds’ club channels: “It has been an honour to manage Leeds United, a great club with an incredible fan base, who deserve to be in the Premier League. I have really enjoyed working with the staff and players at the club and I would like to thank Angus Kinnear for the opportunity. I’d also like to highlight the outstanding work of Karl Robinson and Robbie Keane who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks.

“At this stage in my career I am not sure taking on this challenge, which is potentially a long-term project, is something I could commit to, but I wish the club every success for the future and hope the club returns to the Premier League, where they belong.”

Leeds stated that Allardyce’s replacement will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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