Sam Allardyce has been announced as the new Leeds United head coach for the four remaining Premier League games and Carlton Palmer has backed Big Sam to keep us up – claiming Leeds only need one win, on TalkSPORT.
Leeds currently sit in 17th place, level on points with Leicester and Nottingham Forest – who sit either side of the Whites. Allardyce’s side have four games to save their skin, but next up is a trip to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The run in does get easier, but not by much. Newcastle at Elland Road follows Saturday’s trip to City, before going south to take on another of Allardyce’s old clubs in the form of West Ham. Then, Tottenham at home on the last day.
Allardyce faces a seriously tough task to get the best out of a Leeds side lacking in confidence after taking just one point from a possible 15. But, ex-Leeds man Palmer has backed Leeds to survive under Allardyce this season.
“First of all, I love Leeds United. I don’t want to see them get relegated. I’m a big fan of Sam, he’s a top bloke. He knows what he’s doing. He’ll be a bit disappointed not to bring his normal staff in, Sammy Lee on court duty.
“Craig Shakespeare at Leicester. With Leeds, I think he’ll try. I think he’ll do it. One win will be good enough to do it. What killed the other teams at the bottom was Leicester and Everton drawing. I think Sam will do it,” Palmer said.
Carlton Palmer backs Sam Allardyce to keep Leeds up, needs one win
If Big Sam can keep Leeds in the Premier League at this stage, it will be his best achievement in football. To join a club with just four games left, and Leeds winning only once in their last six, it would be a remarkable bit of work.
Allardyce has not managed in the Premier League since 2021 and that could be a factor. But Leeds need to tighten up at the back and of course, he is the man to turn to in these situations. But the run in is tough. We wait and see.