Simon Grayson has told the No Tippy Tappy Podcast that he has text Sam Allardyce after Big Sam was appointed Leeds United manager – telling him he “better” keep his club in the Premier League come the end of the season.

Allardyce, 68, has been drafted in as a replacement for Javi Gracia with just four Premier League games left to play. Manchester City await on Saturday at The Etihad, before tricky clashes against Newcastle, West Ham and Spurs.

So, Allardyce is up against it at Leeds. His appointment has been met with criticism from some sections of the fans, but at least, Leeds will know what they are getting with Big Sam. Defensive football, and utter, utter, experience.

Ex-Leeds boss and Leeds fan Grayson told Allardyce’s podcast with Big Sam obviously not in attendance, that he has text Allardyce following his arrival. He says he’s told Allardyce he better keep Leeds up in the next four games.

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“It’s a great appointment. The right person at the right time, a time where they are struggling and need galvanising, a team that needs to shore up the defence and get points however they can. There’s no better man to go and do it.

“I have text him this morning to say all the best, and welcome to the biggest football team in the world – and you better keep my team up or i’ll get no guests for you to come on this pod. Let’s hope he can do it,” Allardyce said.

Simon Grayson says he has text Sam Allardyce after Leeds appointment

Can Big Sam do it? Obviously, no Leeds fan would ever have seen this coming. But with Gracia still in place, it looked as if Leeds were set to go down. Bringing in a manager of Big Sam’s experience might just give us a fighting chance.

Manchester City might rest players with Real Madrid next Tuesday, we drew with Newcastle away so why not get a result at home? West Ham will have a European semi-final in the week Leeds face them – and Spurs are Spurs.

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