By George Overhill

3rd May, 2023 | 7:40am

Leeds United manager update as Simon Jordan drops £150million Sam Allardyce verdict amid seven-figure Jim White shock

Jim White has reacted with shock to the idea that Sam Allardyce will be paid seven-figures for four games as Leeds United manager.

The former Bolton, Blackburn and Everton boss is being charged with keeping the Whites in the Premier League after Javi Gracia and Victor Orta paid with their jobs following a one-point-in-15 run of form.

With the one-time England manager set to earn as much as £3million pounds if he keeps the club up Simon Jordan believes it is a small price to pay if it avoids the “£150million” cost of relegation, but shows the “absolute profligacy” of Premier League football.

To the assertion from Jordan that the new Elland Road boss would be set to earn between £1million and £3million White responded live on talkSPORT (2 May), in a clip posted on Twitter: “What? For four games?”

“This is it, this is the nature of the beast,” Jordan replied, “Footballers are getting £500,000-a-week, what do you expect?”

The incentivised situation will pay out a significant bonus if the 68-year-old survives the drop, to which White exclaimed: “Great work if you can get it”.

Jordan said: “This is it. This is what you do when you’ve got a resumé that allows you to pop up out of nowhere, you make money out of football. Sometimes you get it for old rope… it’ll just be getting these players to face the right way and getting Leeds out of losing £150million.”

“I suppose when you put it like that, yes it’s money well spent,” White accepted.


Andrea Radrizzani is in line to make £350million in profit in selling the club to 49ers Enterprises if it is still a top flight outfit, so less than one per-cent of that is a drop in the ocean to him.

The figures involved in the English top flight are quite obviously obscene, and a man who has been out of management for two years waltzing in to pick up a fat cheque illustrates it clearly.

But that isn’t news to anyone at this point, and in the current context the money Allardyce is likely to make is far from the greatest concern.

How much of an impact he can have in four games, especially when his most recent job saw him fail in this exact task as he was relegated from the top flight with West Brom, is what fans will be worried about.

Relegation throws the entire plan for the short and medium-term future at Elland Road into doubt, as the 49ers deal will require renegotiating if it is for a Championship side, assuming it goes ahead at all.

Orta is already gone, and many of the players he brought in will follow him out of Leeds United if the new boss isn’t successful.

The club has been on the brink of relegation for the best part of 18-months now, and while many would have swallowed the disappointment with Marcelo Bielsa still at the helm, the idea of going down under Jesse Marsch, Gracia, or Allardyce is very different.

In other Leeds United news, an imminent deal has fallen apart in as a direct result of the turmoil engulfing the club.