Sam Allardyce in advanced talks to take over from Javi Gracia as Leeds manager | Leeds United

Sam Allardyce is close to formalising an agreement to make a surprise return to Premier League management and succeed Javi Gracia at relegation-threatened Leeds.

Although nothing has been finalised, the 68-year-old former England coach is pencilled in to take training at the club’s Thorp Arch training ground near Wetherby on Wednesday after a changing of the Elland Road guard, which has also led to the departure of Victor Orta as the director of football.

Orta had wanted to retain his fellow Spaniard Gracia – who succeeded Jesse Marsch at Leeds only in February – but fellow directors…


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