Manager Sam Allardyce, who took over as a firefighter at Leeds United, expressed strong confidence.
Leeds announced the resignation of manager Harvey Garcia on the club website on the 3rd (Korean time), saying, “We have decided to let manager Sam Allardyce take charge of the remaining games this season.”
Coach Garcia took charge of Leeds in February and led the team, but in a short period of two months, he failed to rebound Leeds with 12 matches, 3 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses, and he had to leave the team before the season was over. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Leeds is 17th on goal difference with 30 points and no points difference with Nottingham Forest in 18th place. In a situation where they had to do their best to compete for the remainder of the season, they decided to seek a turnaround by appointing coach Allardyce.
Allardyce has been called a ‘remaining specialist’ since the past and has often been in charge of Premier League teams when they are on the brink of relegation.
In the 2008/09 season, he raised Blackburn Rovers from 19th to 15th and retained them, and in the 2015/16 season, he secured Sunderland in 17th place and avoided relegation.
However, in the most recent 2020/21 season, he was appointed to West Bromwich Albion, which was in 19th place at the time, and competed to remain, but in the end, he could not get out of 19th place until the end of the season and experienced relegation.
Manager Allardyce showed strong confidence at the Leeds press conference.
“I’m 68 and I may look old and old-fashioned, but in terms of football knowledge, no one is ahead of me. Neither Pep Guardiola, nor Jurgen Klopp, nor Mikel Arteta,” he said. .
“I’m not saying I’m a better coach than they are, I’m definitely as good as they are,” he added, not belittling the coaches.
Coach Allardyce plans to start the competition to stay in Leeds, starting with a match against Manchester City, the strongest team in the league, at 11:00 pm on the 6th.
Regarding this, he explained that he was making plans for the Manchester City match, saying, “I quickly accepted the Leeds manager’s job because of the busy situation. I had to go through the process of finding a way to deal with Man City quickly.”
Lastly, he said, “I feel a great responsibility to keep the team in the Premier League, and I really wanted to take charge of Leeds because I know what kind of team Leeds is.”
Whether Guardiola and manager Aller Dyce, who said he is on par with him in football knowledge, can prove his point against Man City will be revealed through the match results.