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Sam Allardyce explains why he couldn’t keep Leeds up and bites back at Roy Keane’s ‘ego’ remark

Manager Sam Allardyce explains why he couldn’t keep Leeds United up and also bites back at Roy Keane’s ‘ego’ remark after relegation.

Big Sam has hit back at Roy Keane by claiming “there is nobody with a bigger ego than Roy” after the Sky Sports pundit took aim at the Leeds interim boss.

Keane made the comments just after Leeds’ relegation was confirmed last Sunday, a 4-1 final-day defeat to Tottenham at Elland Road.

When questioned on whether he could see Allardyce taking Leeds’ back up next season, Keane said: “I can’t imagine Big Sam wanting to go back to the Championship. Not with his ego.”

This was brought up in a recent interview with Allardyce, who took a swipe back at Roy as well as his own managerial record.

Speaking William Hill’s ‘No Tippy Tappy Football’ podcast, he said: “You mean my ego is bigger than Roy’s? There’s nobody with a bigger ego than Roy.

“That’s some statement coming from him. He mistakes ego for experience and confidence, and the ability to do the job, which was much better than Roy did [as a manager] wasn’t it?”

Allardyce added: “I managed in the Championship at Bolton where we got in the playoffs and got into the Premier League in 2001.

“I did what I’ve done at Leeds with West Ham where I was there in the first year where we got relegated and then got back into the Premier League through the playoffs, and that was a lot of work.”

Keane started his management career at Sunderland shortly after his retirement as a player and took the club from 23rd position in the Championship, in late August, to win the title and gain promotion to the Premier League.

He resigned in December 2008, and between April 2009 to January 2011, he was manager of second tier club Ipswich Town.

In November 2013, he was appointed assistant manager of the Ireland national team by boss Martin O’Neill, a role he held until 2018, and would also have short assistant manager spells at Aston Villa in 2014 and Nottingham Forest in 2019.

Sam Allardyce is understood to have held talks with Leeds chiefs over his future earlier this week having only signed a short-term contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Talking to the media after defeat to Tottenham, he said: “If I do anything it will be here, but those discussions will happen across the next few days. Sit down for a couple of days and thrash it out for both sides to be comfortable.

“Last thing I want is to walk in and not go the direction we agreed.”

Allardyce also revealed to the podcast how many games was needed to save the club: “I think realistically if I’d have got it when they chose to pick Gracia to take over, which would probably have given you about 14-16 games, that would have been enough.

“I don’t think I could have worked and tried and investigated everything we possibly could have investigated to try and help the players overcome the position that they were in to try and stay in the Premier League.

“We changed training grounds, we changed direction in terms of the last game, training at Elland Road for three days.

“We had some of the old players, iconic players like Gordon Strachan, Eddie Gray, Gary McAllister come into the training ground and have a chat with the players and what it means to them, what status it [the club] is, what position they held in terms of when they played there.

“We tried to relax the players, give them some time off when we first got there, they hadn’t had a day off in 24-25 days, they’d been in every single [day]. Instead of a pleasant training ground, that becomes more like a prison, claustrophobic. So, we gave them some time off and we saw the benefit of that physically on the pitch because the levels of high intensity and speed went right up compared to what it was before we got there.

“But obviously from the mentality point of view and concentration point of view, we let ourselves down with the mistakes we made.”

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Twitter users reacted as Sam Allardyce explains why he couldn’t keep Leeds up and bites back at Roy Keane’s ‘ego’ remark…

@194514W98: I know people jest but he’s actually a really knowledgable guy, recognised straight away there was a gaping hole between our midfield and defence and put Koch in as a holding mid, did interviews to take the heat off the players too, I wouldn’t keep him on, but I’d listen to him

@MstthewsRobert: I would keep him.

@WitlessWolrab: Not arsed, enjoy your 500k

@gazjack: Gets my vote

@MaybeMartLowe: Going have deal with this prick next year ain’t we 😂😂😂

@5144stevie: Hes not wrong, given that many games he would have got the 8 points needed.

@Chipthekid123: Well said! For me I don’t want to see him as part of the rebuild as I think his style of play is counter productive but he’s spot on here. We deserve more

@AnilPanesar: Maybe if the useless wanker didn’t park the bus every time we took the lead and play 6 defenders in a must win game, the fans would have got what they deserved.

@dzialowskimatt: How the hell has Sam done a full sit down podcast before the club and representatives have even said anything? It’s absolutely disgusting. @LUFC @andrearadri

@marcspillman: He had longer than that with West Brom and he couldn’t save them either. Let’s just move on, shall we Sam?

@lake15chris: But still took the job and made us worse.

@eddervish: Don’t believe anything he says.

@jimmy_L_UFC: Save us! Yeah right same that’s why you played the last game with basically 8 defenders only rodrigo and Harrison attackers. He hasn’t got a clue this guy

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