The Daily Star claim Sam Allardyce could earn an enormous £1million bonus if he manages to keep Leeds United in the Premier League – with the ex-England manager set to take over from Javi Gracia for the remaining four games.
Allardyce, 68, is now expected to be announced as the new manager of Leeds with Gracia’s position deemed of the level untenable after a 4-1 loss to Bournemouth on Sunday. Leeds lacked idea, identity and any kind of confidence.
It sees Leeds sit level on points with 18th-placed Nottingham Forest – but also with Leicester who moved to 16th after Monday night’s 2-2 draw with Leicester. The issue for Leeds is the perceived harshness of the four fixtures.
Manchester City next, which is practically a defeat at this stage. Following that, in-form Newcastle at home, then West Ham away and Tottenham at Elland Road. So, the odds are against Leeds, regardless of who is in the dugout.
But, Leeds are willing to pay as an incentive. They claim that Allardyce – who will embark on his ninth spell in the Premier League – will earn a huge £1m bonus if the club avoid relegation come the end of the next four matches.
Allardyce could earn £1million bonus if he keeps Leeds in Premier League
It is clear why Allardyce is being brought in. Leeds are leaking goals and need to shore up at the back. Historically, there are not many better than Big Sam. If he can get Leeds to do it in a short space of time remains to be seen.
But the incentive is there, and another chance in England’s top tier – albeit, for a limited time – for Allardyce to prove his credentials. If he is to do so, then he really needs results – targeting West Ham away, and possibly Spurs.