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Allardyce apologises after Leeds drop into the Championship
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Mark Walker
Press Association
A dejected Sam Allardyce applauded the Elland Road faithful at full-time
A dejected Sam Allardyce applauded the Elland Road faithful at full-time

Leeds boss Sam Allardyce apologised to the club’s fans after a 4-1 home defeat to Tottenham confirmed their Premier League relegation.

Allardyce, who the Elland Road outfit had turned to in desperation with four games remaining, also urged them to quickly resolve their ownership issue to aid their bid to bounce straight back from the Championship. 

The former England manager claimed he had no regrets about taking on the job and will sit down with the board next week to discuss whether he will stay in the role. 

Allardyce, 68, said: “I can’t say I’ve enjoyed it but I’m glad I came back. 

"I tried my best to get Leeds out of trouble but I can’t enjoy anything when I don’t win. 

“We didn’t leave a stone unturned and it’s really sad Leeds are in this position. To the fans, I apologise that I didn’t do better and the players didn’t do better.” 

Leeds issued a statement shortly after the game. It said: “We apologise to our fanbase that the performances this season have not seen the club consolidate our status as we had all hoped. 

“However, Leeds remain in a strong position to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship next season. 

“We know things have not been good enough, we know we have to improve, but please be assured that behind the scenes we have worked hard to ensure that the past will not be repeated. 

“Our focus is now on how we get straight back to the Premier League.” 

Leeds majority shareholder and chairman Andrea Radrizzani is understood to have stayed in Italy as the club crashed out of the top flight. 

Harry Kane’s brace and goals from Pedro Porro and Lucas Moura ensured Leeds’ three-year stay in the top flight was over and Jack Harrison’s second-half effort was scant consolation for their fans, who vented their fury at the board throughout the match. 



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