Big Sam Allardyce back to twist the knife into Hammers?


Big Sam Allardyce may be returning to West Ham this season, although thankfully not in the home dugout at the London Stadium.

Leeds United have identified the former Hammers manager as their candidate for the managerial position, with current boss Javi Gracia on the verge of being sacked, according to Sky Sports this morning.

Gracia, took over at Elland Road in February, and is the latest in what seems like a long list of Leeds managers wo have tried and failed following the departure of Marcelo Bielsa. It is understood that Big Sam has provisionally agreed to take the managers position with the mandate of saving the Yorkshire club with 4 Premier League games remaining.

Allardyce has jumped to the front of the managerial queue, with the club’s chief executive Angus Kinnear having previously worked with him at West Ham.

The 68-year-old has been out of management since leaving West Bromwich Albion in 2021 where he notched up the first relegation on his CV.

The chosen one? Big Sam Allardyce may be returning to a ground near you.

The former England manager (albeit briefly) will have a momentous task on his hands if he moves to Elland Road, with Leeds currently one place above the relegation zone.

As mentioned in last nights blog, Leeds face Manchester United, Newcastle United, ourselves and Tottenham Hotspur next.

Whilst the task is certainly a difficult one, it will be alluring to Allardyce, who’s never been found lacking in confidence. It’s also highly likely that the opportunity to bloody the nose of two of his former clubs will be appealing to the phantom ear cupper.

West Ham’s penultimate game is at home to Leeds so let’s just hope that we’re home and hosed long before that potential banana skin.

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