The Telegraph say Leeds United staff have noticed that the atmosphere behind the scenes at Elland Road has dramatically improved since the arrival of Sam Allardyce – and there is now a belief Leeds can avoid relegation.

Allardyce, 68, is preparing his Leeds side for his second of four games in charge ahead of Saturday’s clash against Newcastle. It is his first at Elland Road, and after a decent fight of it against Manchester City, there is a new hope.

While City were always going to win, Leeds fought hard and had City playing keep ball in the corners towards the end of the game. So, there is every chance that Leeds could get a result against Eddie Howe’s side on Saturday.

The report shared an insight into life behind the cameras at Elland Road since ex-England boss Big Sam came in at Leeds, replacing Javi Gracia. An appointment met with scepticism by fans, but one that is quickly changing.

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“The atmosphere since Allardyce strode into the Thorp Arch training ground and, as staff noted, ‘stuck out his chest and pushed his shoulders back’ has been transformed. They cannot believe he has not managed for two years.”

Leeds staff notice atmosphere has improved since Sam Allardyce arrival

Allardyce has been clever in the press conferences, too. Almost as if this Leeds chance is a spell to prove himself once again after a couple of years out of the game. He compared himself to the best managers in the division.

It took the heat off the Leeds players. This time around, he has accused England’s best managers of time wasting – saying everyone does it. Again, taking the intensity off of his Leeds players. The pressure is being relieved at Leeds.

Of course, results do that best. But Allardyce is giving Leeds players, and fans, hope. He is putting the Leeds squad in a place where they have the best chance to get a result against The Toon. A win gives Leeds a real chance.

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