Sam Allardyce has agreed a shock return to football with Leeds United.
The former England and Bolton manager is set to start on Wednesday with the aim of keeping the club in the Premier League.
Allardyce, who replaces Javi Gracia, will be in the dugout for Leeds's next match, which is with Manchester City.
He replaces Javi Gracia, who was saying his goodbyes to staff this morning.
Sporting director Victor Orta is also leaving the Yorkshire club.
Sam Allardyce will take charge of Leeds United on Wednesday after replacing Javi Gracia
Gracia said his goodbyes to Leeds staff on Tuesday with the Spaniard leaving after two months
Allardyce will be tasked with keeping Leeds on the top flight with just four matches remaining
BUT HE WON'T USE BIELSA'S BUCKET!
Allardyce tried out Marcelo Bielsa's famous Leeds United bucket, back in 2019, on a visit to talkSPORT… but wasn't best impressed.
The now-incoming Leeds boss said: 'It's a no. What's it worth? How much did it cost to make it, a tenner?'
On being told the bucket cost £80, he responded: 'No way!'
Allardyce has been out of work since failing to beat the drop as West Brom boss in 2021.
The 68-year-old is one of the most experienced coaches in the game having held managerial and coaching positions at 13 different clubs throughout his career.
The Englishman is renowned for his work helping multiple clubs including Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland avoid relegation.
Allardyce will take charge of the Whites with only four games remaining of the Premier League season.
Leeds face a daunting trip to Premier League leaders Man City on Saturday, before hosting Champions League chasing Newcastle.
The Whites will conclude the season with an away trip to West Ham and a home match against Tottenham.
Leeds are only outside of the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference having earned just one point from their past five games, conceding 18 goals in the process.
The run increased pressure on Gracia, who has now been dismissed after just two months in charge.
Supporters had confronted the Spaniard during Sunday's 4-1 loss at Bournemouth.
A vote of no confidence in the club's board and manager was issued by fans following the defeat.
Mail Sport understands the dressing room was lacking motivation under Gracia, which resulted in a dire performance at the Vitality Stadium against the Cherries after an initial positive start.
Mail Sport also understands that Orta wanted to keep Gracia, while owner Andrea Radrizzani didn't.
Orta - who joined the club from Middlesbrough in 2017 - has now left the club.
'I am deeply saddened by the way that this chapter closes as Victor has been responsible for some of the best moments of my time as owner of Leeds United and I thank him and his people for all they have done in the past six years,' Radrizzani said.
'However, it is clear that it is time to change direction and therefore we have agreed that Victor will leave the club.
'I understand supporters are hurt and upset, but now is a time for unity.
'We have four cup finals left to play this season and working together, I believe we can survive.'
Mail Sport first revealed uncertainty over Orta's position at Elland Road on February 10 following the club's difficulties in replacing the sacked Marsch.
Orta tried to appoint Andoni Iraola from Rayo Vallecano and Arne Slot from Feyenoord, but failed to lure both.
Leeds have sacked sporting director Victor Orta on a day of change at the Premier League club
Allardyce had been out of work since failing to avoid relegation as West Brom boss in 2021
Having been turned down by a number of managers, Orta eventually appointed Gracia - who has now been dismissed after just two months in charge.
There has been disappointment behind the scenes at Gracia's appointment and Orta has faced difficult questions as a result.
The uncertainty over Orta's future, however, has been an issue at Elland Road for a significant period of time.
Leeds' squad are in at their Thorp Arch training ground on Tuesday for a recovery session before they return to action with a trip to Manchester City on Saturday.
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