By Craig Scott

6th May, 2021 | 8:10am

Sam Allardyce tipped to be next Leeds United manager by Carlton Palmer

Sam Allardyce could be a good successor to Marcelo Bielsa in charge of Leeds United, according to former Whites star Carlton Palmer.

Bielsa’s contract at Leeds, as always, will expire at the end of the season but there have been suggestions all is well in talks over an extension.

The Argentine will wait until the season is over to enter discussions in what has been a normal approach during his tenure at Elland Road [Independent].

However, that has not stopped one former player from speculating on who could replace Bielsa if he was to walk away from Leeds in the summer.

Former Leeds and West Brom midfielder Palmer has – out of nowhere – claimed that Baggies boss Allardyce might be without a job and could fill the possible management vacancy at Elland Road.

“If [Bielsa] does go, you know, there are plenty of good managers out there,” Palmer told FootballFanCast.

“I think West Brom are going to go down now, so Sam Allardyce, if they don’t give him the funds to do the job to get them back up, he’s going to become available. He might be a good bet for them.

“So you can’t automatically assume that Leeds are going to get relegated if Bielsa leaves, but you can’t also underestimate the job he’s done with that squad of players and the way that they play.”

Get out, Carlton

Firstly, we fully expect Bielsa to be in charge next season. The fact he signs a one-year contract every summer is bound to lead to this stupid kind of speculation but everyone at Leeds knows what Bielsa is like when it comes to his deal.

Secondly, Allardyce? What on earth?

While Big Sam has done a decent job at The Hawthorns as of late with West Brom delaying their inevitable relegation for several weeks, going to him from Bielsa would be one massive culture shock for Leeds’ players.

Does Palmer not think things through before he says them?

Imagine going from the full-throttle, attack-minded approach of Bielsa to the more pragmatic style of Big Sam. Imagine how tough it will be for players to make that change.

Leeds have huge aspirations of reaching Europe so if Bielsa does go (and that’s a big if), they’re bound to go with a forward-thinking manager who has huge dreams of his own.

Not someone who’s known for taking charge of relegation-threatetend clubs.

In other Leeds United news, this Whites star has rejected a new contract offer.