Sam Allardyce hopes to celebrate a “hangover” and says he can stay in Leeds

Leeds United interim manager Sam Allardyce has not ruled out staying at Elland Road beyond the end of this season and says he hopes to wake up with a ‘hangover’ on Monday.

Allardyce host Tottenham Hotspur in their last Premier League game of the season on Sunday, needing to win and Everton needing to drop points to stand a chance of avoiding relegation.

Allardyce was appointed to replace Javi Gracia earlier this month, but has won just one point from his three matches played so far.

Asked about his future on Friday ahead of the visit to Tottenham, Allerdice said: “That will be decided after the end.

“It was always the case that whatever we need to discuss at the end of the season we will discuss based on where we are, based on what I think the club needs to move forward, based on what the club thinks.

“If this aligns with each other, we’ll wait and see. This discussion happens over a period of time. I just hope we talk in a very positive way on Monday morning and I have a hangover.”

Leeds is playing Tottenham’s nineteenth match in the English Premier League, where it is equal on points with Leicester City and two points behind Everton.

West Yorkshire are awaiting the fitness of strikers Patrick Bamford and Rodrygo, the former being substituted through injury during last weekend’s 3-1 loss to West Ham United.

“Rodrigo trained today,” Allardyce added. “Patrick, we’ll give it as long as we can, sure till tomorrow before we make our final choice. In the bombing zone we’re not overwhelmed with strikers. It will be what it will be.”

“I would bet anyone’s fitness if they want to play, if I think they can contribute to help us win the game. It’s the last game, and they could have plenty of time to recover (after Sunday). But obviously there are medical issues, if the stakes are high.” Very, very much up to the player himself.

“If the medical staff tells me it is too risky, I will not put the player’s career or future at risk. The player must support him 100 percent.”


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