Sam Allardyce has told his first Leeds United press conference on Wednesday that he is open to remaining at the club beyond the end of the four games – but it depends on what happens in those games, and what his wife feels.
Allardyce, 68, has been appointed as Leeds head coach until the end of the season, replacing Javi Gracia for the last four Premier League games. He is thrown in at the deep end with an away trip to Manchester City on Saturday.
But Leeds do sit outside of the relegation zone and there is every chance that one good result, or one win, in the final four games of the season might be enough to see Leeds stay out of the relegation zone on the final day.
Leeds have of course, been here before – the players have the experience of surviving in the final 90 minutes of the campaign. Allardyce was asked if he would be tempted to remain beyond the four games, and is open to doing so.
“Never say never, innit. Depends what happens at the end of the four matches, and what the conversation is about and how I feel, and more importantly, how the wife feels,” Allardyce said on Wednesday, in his first press conference.
Sam Allardyce open to remaining at Leeds United beyond four games
It is a drastic turn of events. No fan at Leeds could have expected Allardyce to be taking the reigns at Elland Road at this point. Especially, with Javi Gracia starting well. But one win in six, and point from a possible 15, has led to this.
If Allardyce can keep Leeds in the Premier League – and gets what he is aiming for, which is six points from the next four games – then it would be immense. You imagine that Leeds may have to hand him the job if he does do it.