Chris Sutton goes berserk at 'ludicrous' Leeds United decision, Micah Richards laughs at him live on air
Chris Sutton was left raging live on BBC Radio Five Live at the Leeds United decision to appoint Sam Allardyce with just four games left of the Premier League season.
The Whites sacked Javi Gracia and hired [3 May] the experienced former England boss as his replacement for the rest of the season as they look to fight off relegation in their remaining four Premier League games.
And Leeds saw their three-year top-flight stint end thanks to a 4-1 defeat to Tottenham on the final day of the campaign [28 May], which brought frank criticism from Sutton live on Radio Five Live [29 May].
He said: “To bring Sam Allardyce in, that’s possibly with four games to go, got to be the most ludicrous decision ever made in the history of football. Absolute bonkers!
While Richards laughed at Sutton’s comments, the former Celtic striker continued saying: “I watched them at the weekend, honestly, it was so bad, just long throws, knock down football, I mean, under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds United fans had some flair players, they were good on the eye.
“I know it’s about getting over the line and staying in the Premier League but that was an absolutely bonkers decision to bring Allardyce in and it’s backfired spectacularly.”
While Allardyce may have been deemed the right decision by many due to his long-held record of keeping panicking clubs in the Premier League, the decision to appoint him with just four games to go was indeed bonkers.
Certainly, things went incredibly stale and rudderless before Gracia was sacked, and there was a desperate need for a change, but there were plenty of chances for the Whites to get rid, and then appoint Allardyce as his successor well before the beginning of May.
That was a costly error and indecision by the Leeds United board and they have been rightly made to pay for it with their Championship fate now sealed for next season.
It’s uncertain whether the former Blackburn and England manager will remain in the dugout for next season, but Leeds United can ill-afford to entertain the same costly and indecisiveness over their next managerial appointment.
There is so much work to be done at Elland Road right now, with the impending takeover from the 49ers looking uncertain, and also the incoming and outgoings of several players still yet to be decided after Sunday’s torrid development.
What an absolute mess.