Sam Allardyce departs Leeds after Premier League relegation

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Leeds United, reacts during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road on May 28, 2023 in Leeds, England - Getty Images/Gareth Copley

Sam Allardyce will leave his role as Leeds United head coach following talks with the club in the aftermath of  the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

Allardyce, 68, met with club CEO Angus Kinnear for scheduled talks over his four games at the club where he failed to get the club out of the bottom three. It is understood the former England manager will not be staying on in his short-term role.

After survival experience with Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland, Allardyce was the man Leeds turned to as a last roll of the dice after dismissing Jesse Marsch and interim manager Javi Gracia. But the new-manager bounce could only bring one point against Newcastle and defeats against Manchester City, West Ham and Tottenham confirmed their return to the Championship.

In the final week of the season Allardyce revealed he would speak to the club after the season to see whether they were “aligned” with each other, which did not rule out the possibility of staying beyond his 25 days in charge.

But Leeds are now set to look for a new appointment as head coach as they plot a way back to the top-flight having spent 16 years in the EFL after their last relegation from the Premier League. They are also considering whether they need to appoint a new director of football after Victor Orta left the club during the changes during the final part of the season.

Allardyce’s talks have come with the backdrop of uncertainty over a possible takeover at Elland Road. Owner Andrea Radrizzani had the terms of a sale to 49ers Enterprises agreed but only in the event of staying in the Premier League. The American group could still negotiate a deal for the club at a lower price now it is in the Championship.