Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football that Sam Allardyce joining Leeds United and replacing Javi Gracia “makes sense”, amid reports that Gracia is set to be sacked and Allardyce is leading the race to come in.
Phil Hay reports on The Athletic on Monday evening that Gracia looks set to be sacked. Leeds could have a fourth manager of the season, after Jesse Marsch, Michael Skubala and a new name. Allardyce is the ‘leading contender’.
Others like Lee Bowyer and Alan Pardew have been linked. But it seems Allardyce is going to be the man to come in at Elland Road. It is a ridiculous turn of events that Leeds are even considering a manager like Allardyce, to join.
But asked about a move to Elland Road for Allardyce, in which will be his ninth different club in the Premier League, Carragher gave his verdict. He believes that it makes sense, and that he understands why Leeds could sack Gracia.
“It sounds crazy and we never used to think this could happen in our league, but the stakes are so high I think I could probably understand it,” Carragher said on MNF. “I don’t think Sam Allardyce has ever come in this late.
“He’s normally come in in January, has time to change it. Decent appointment. Whether the crowd get behind it, I’m not so sure. In terms of making them more solid and better defensively, there’s probably no one better out there.”
Carragher: Allardyce joining Leeds and replacing Gracia makes sense
How on earth did we get into a situation in which Allardyce is the best option? In the space of 18 months, Leeds have gone from Marcelo Bielsa to possibly appointing Allardyce. That is a sign it could not have gone much worse.
But, with relegation now staring us in the face, perhaps it is time to change tact. Gracia is not making it work and Leeds need some inspiration from somewhere. Gracia has tried, and failed. Now, perhaps, it is time for an Allardyce.