Sam Allardyce has been tasked with protecting Leeds United from the drop and has developed a reputation as a relegation escapologist. Allardyce has indeed been relegated from the Premier League as a manager, with the only blemish on his CV being the relegation he suffered with West Brom in the 2020/21 season. Allardyce was appointed in December 2020 on an 18-month contract after Slaven Bilic was sacked with the club 19th and two points from safety, but despite some impressive results such as the 5-2 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Allardyce was unable to keep them in the division. His first taste of top-flight football came with Bolton, who he led to Premier League promotion in 2000/01, and he turned The Trotters into an established Premier League team, guiding the club to four top-ten finishes, along with two spells in the UEFA Cup. He then headed to Newcastle, but his spell on Tyneside ended after just eight miserable months before being sacked in January 2008. Allardyce’s first survival operation took place at Blackburn, who were 19th at the time of his arrival in 2008 with just three wins from 17 games, and he kept West Ham away from trouble during his four-year spell in east London between 2011 and 2015. He then accepted a SOS call from Sunderland, who had failed to win any of their opening eight games of the 2015/16 season and were in the relegation zone when Dick Advocaat was given the chop. Allardyce masterminded a stunning turnaround, winning nine games to finish two points clear of the bottom three before leaving to become the new England manager at the end of the season. After being sacked after just one game as England manager, Allardyce made a swift return to club football in December 2016 when he was hired by Crystal Palace. He then rocked up at Goodison Park with Everton who were 18th when he joined in November 2017 and steered the club away from relegation and up to the dizzying heights of eighth courtesy of ten wins from 26 games. Now, Allardyce has just four games to work his magic at Elland Road and Leeds will be hoping that he can help steer the club away from the Premier League trapdoor.