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Leeds United could turn to another former Newcastle United man after parting ways with Sam Allardyce.

Former Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has left Leeds United following their relegation to the Championship - and another ex-Magpies could succeed him.

The 68-year-old, who returned to management following a two-year absence, was given four matches to save Leeds after he replaced Javi Gracia.

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However, Allardyce couldn’t keep the Whites in the Premier League. He lost three out of four games, with his only point coming in a 2-2 draw at home to Eddie Howe’s side.

Leeds United club statement

A Leeds statement read: “Leeds United and Sam Allardyce can confirm that both parties have mutually agreed for Sam’s spell at the club to end following the completion of the 2022/23 season.

“Sam joined the Whites for the final four games of the campaign and despite spirited performances against Manchester City and Newcastle United, the objective of staying in the Premier League was not reached.

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“Allardyce said: “It has been an honour to manage Leeds United, a great club with an incredible fan base, who deserve to be in the Premier League. I have really enjoyed working with the staff and players at the club and I would like to thank Angus Kinnear for the opportunity.

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“I’d also like to highlight the outstanding work of Karl Robinson and Robbie Keane who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks.

“At this stage in my career I am not sure taking on this challenge, which is potentially a long-term project, is something I could commit to, but I wish the club every success for the future and hope the club returns to the Premier League, where they belong.”

“Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear added: “We thank Sam for being brave enough to step in and do all he could to save us. Sadly, it was not to be, but Sam, Karl and Robbie did everything they could to lift the mood at Thorp Arch and Elland Road and for that we are all extremely grateful.”

“An announcement on a new Leeds United head coach will be made in the coming weeks.”

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The early frontrunners to succeed Allardyce

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Liverpool legend and former Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has emerged as the early favourite at 5/2 while Carlos Coberan, one of Marcelo Bielsa’s former assistants, is priced at 3/1/.

Brendan Rodgers is ranked at 5/1 just months after his sacking from Leicester City. Former Newcastle and Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer makes up the top four at 6/1.

Bowyer led Charlton Athletic to promotion from League One after beating Sunderland in the play-off final before moving to Birmingham City. The 46-year-old has been out of work since last summer.

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