Sam Allardyce has told his first Leeds United press conference – as per the club’s YouTube channel – he is already struggling to shut Robbie Keane up, having brought in the ex-Leeds striker as a member on his coaching staff.
Allardyce, 68, held his first press conference as Leeds manager on Wednesday afternoon after being confirmed as the club’s replacement for Javi Gracia earlier today. He has four games to save Leeds from relegation this season.
The ex-England, Newcastle, West Ham and Bolton boss has brought in Karl Robinson as an assistant gaffer, as well as Keane – which he confirmed himself in the press conference. The former Leeds man returns after playing for us.
He clocked up 56 outings for Leeds during a spell between 2000 and 2003, scoring 19 goals. Allardyce joked that he has failed to shut Keane up after bringing him in on Wednesday morning – but says Keane “loves the place”.
“Trying to shut him up in the first place is difficult, he won’t stop talking. I’ve worked with him at Soccer Aid and I really like his personality. He will come in, give everyone a lift, he’s Leeds through and through, he loves the place.”
Allardyce struggling to shut Keane up after bringing him to Leeds
Allardyce’s first press conference was one of a light-hearted, excited manner. He seemed delighted to be back in the Premier League, even if only for four games. He made it feel as though he has always wanted to manage Leeds.
It is clear that Allardyce is an experienced manager. He knows what he is doing, but whether that is going to be what Leeds need to keep the club in the division – is another question. It is a really tough run in, and there is plenty to do.