Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that Leeds United boss Javi Gracia could be sacked ahead of the final seven League games of the season – after a heavy 6-1 defeat to Liverpool, which followed the 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
Dismal. Woeful. Catastrophic. So many words can paint the picture, but 11 goals in two games conceded and a failure to get anything from the last two games sees Leeds remain right in the thick of the battle to avoid the drop.
A brace for Mo Salah and Diogo Jota, and one each for Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez highlighted the lack of quality, confidence and even at times, desire. The tactics did not work. So, what now? Fulham away is next up.
But could Gracia be gone by that point? Carragher was asked the question on Monday Night Football after he saw his old side demolish Leeds. He said that it is a real possibility Gracia goes – but expects him to remain in the job.
“No, it’s not,” Carragher said, when asked if Leeds could sack Gracia. “They got rid of a God-like figure in Bielsa when they thought they were going to go down. It took them so long to get him in that I think it might be tough.
“I think he will be there between now and the end of the season. But if the next two or three games go really badly, they might think why not? That’s what every other team is doing down there. The stakes are so high, financially.”
Jamie Carragher says Leeds manager Javi Gracia could be sacked
It must be remembered that Gracia has secured 10 points from a possible 24, after Leeds had gone winless for 10 games prior to his appointment. Without Gracia, we would not be where we are now – in with a fighting chance.
But the two games will be ringing alarm bells upstairs at Leeds. Andrea Radrizzani was in attendance on Monday night, alongside Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear. Leeds should stick with Gracia, but results are needed very quickly.
A point at Fulham is a solid result – but anything less and Gracia should be really worried. Even then, a win over Leicester is absolutely key. That is the game that either keeps us up, or sends us down and right now, it is a worry.