By George Overhill

11th Feb, 2023 | 6:40pm

Sam Allardyce has not had any contact with regards to the vacant Leeds United job but believes he could sort the team out if the call comes.

The 68-year-old has managed 537 matches in the Premier League and has been named manager of the month six times in his career [Premier League], but has been out of work since being relegated with West Brom in the summer of 2021.

However, the self-styled relegation specialist feels he would have no problem organising the Whites players to lift them out of their current predicament of looking over their shoulder at the drop zone, after watching the 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford in the week (8 February).

Speaking on his No Tippy Tappy Football podcast (10 February, 8min 23sec) he said: “Before anybody starts any speculation, no nobody’s called me from Elland Road to consider or talk about the job in hand.

“I watched them against Manchester United and from my point of view I wouldn’t see a problem sorting them out. From my point of view, in my experience.

“We are always looking at, I think, foreign coaches more than British coaches. We’re lucky to have added one to the Premier League last week which is Sean [Dyche], one of only three now, so it’s very difficult for us as British managers to get a Premier League position now. Very, very difficult.”

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Last resort

Big Sam has done a lot of good work in his Premier League career, but surely the Leeds United hierarchy would need to have reached desperation point to hit the emergency button and call him.

He lost his much-heralded record of never being relegated from the top flight when the Baggies went down a year and a half ago.

His type of manager is one that is increasingly unfashionable in modern football, and with the last job he had any success in being five years ago at Everton there is every chance his time has passed.

His style of football was unpopular at Goodison Park even then, and though he is happy about Dyche taking over that job now, the former Clarets boss, as with Chelsea’s Graham Potter, has more to him than the usual suspects of the managerial merry go round of years past.

The likes of Alan Pardew, Mark Hughes and Tony Pulis no longer get every mid-to-lower table job going for a reason, and however much Allardyce laments it being difficult for British managers to get back into the top flight now he overlooks how easy it apparently was not that long ago.

He has experience for sure, and perhaps his back-to-basics style would be what it takes should the threat of relegation become even greater in the coming weeks, but based on who they’ve gone after so far it is likely to need a lot more names to join Carlos Corberan, Andoni Iraola and Arne Slot as those the Whites have missed out on before Big Sam gets a call.

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