The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Sam Allardyce, who has emerged as the main contender to take over at Leeds United from Javi Gracia, actually ‘offered himself’ to Leeds back in February following the sacking of Jesse Marsch.

Allardyce, 68, is now being strongly linked with a move to Leeds – his ninth club in the Premier League. Big Sam has previously managed Bolton, Palace, Sunderland, Everton, West Ham, Newcastle, West Brom and Blackburn Rovers.

With Gracia now strongly linked with the exit door, after Fabrizio Romano reported that ‘internal talks’ had taken place, Phil Hay says Allardyce is the ‘leading contender’ to take over at Elland Road. Allardyce knows Angus Kinnear.

Indeed, the two worked together at West Ham. The YEP report that ex-England boss Allardyce actually offered his services to Leeds back in February when the club decided to sack Marsch – but Allardyce was ignored by the club.

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Allardyce offered himself to Leeds back in February after Marsch sacking

Allardyce is probably the best bet for Leeds – and that is saying something. That is how dire the situation is that Leeds find themselves in. The remaining four games are Manchester City, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham.

A real sign of how bad things have got for us. To go from a club icon, a figure so loved in Marcelo Bielsa, to Big Sam in less than 18 months, is a prime example of why Victor Orta has got to go. But right now, that won’t help Leeds.

What helps Leeds, and what is crucial that Leeds must do on the pitch, is change the manager. That is the only thing Leeds can do right now, and bringing Big Sam to Leeds may help. But, one thing is for sure, Orta has got to go.

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