Leeds United are set to change their manager for a fourth time this season and hire Sam Allardyce in place of Javi Gracia – and West Ham United boss David Moyes has discussed chopping and changing in his press conference.
Gracia has watched his side pick up one point from a possible 15 – with 18 goals conceded in those five games. It looks more than likely that the Spaniard will be sacked, but nothing has yet been confirmed by the Yorkshire club.
But, Victor Orta has been axed. Allardyce is set to join, with The Mail reporting the ex-England boss has agreed to come in at Elland Road and will begin work on Wednesday. Leeds are next in action on Saturday at Manchester City.
Moyes held a press conference on Tuesday morning ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Pep Guardiola’s side and said that it is not right to keep changing bosses. He said faith should be placed in managers, not constant change.
“Probably from where I come from, I’m a manager and I want to stand up for managers. It’s a big part of the game now, managers are losing their jobs much quicker now. All the managers coming in, I’m wishing them good luck.
“If you are keep chopping and changing, I’m not sure it’s the right thing for football club. I’m not here to speak about other clubs. As a manager, you need support, you will have bad times. When you do, you need the club behind you.”
West Ham boss David Moyes discusses Leeds hiring Sam Allardyce
It is crazy to think that less than 18 months ago, Leeds had Marcelo Bielsa in position. Now, we could be about to call Allardyce our manager. He has huge Premier League experience, and expertise in getting a side to stay up.
But, normally, he comes in a lot earlier than four games left to play. Whether he manages to do it remains to be said but as things stand, Leeds need a miracle. Allardyce does not feel like a miracle – but nor does any manager, really.