Leeds have confirmed that Sam Allardyce will not be their boss next season following the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Ex-England boss Allardyce, 68, took over at Elland Road with four games of the Premier League season remaining but was unable to keep the beleaguered Whites afloat.
Now, the Yorkshire outfit have confirmed they are on the hunt for a new coach after a mutual parting of ways.
Allardyce told the club’s website: “It has been an honour to manage Leeds United, a great club with an incredible fan base, who deserve to be in the Premier League.
“I have really enjoyed working with the staff and players at the club and I would like to thank Angus Kinnear for the opportunity.
“I’d also like to highlight the outstanding work of Karl Robinson and Robbie Keane who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks.
“At this stage in my career I am not sure taking on this challenge, which is potentially a long-term project, is something I could commit to, but I wish the club every success for the future and hope the club returns to the Premier League, where they belong.”
Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear added: “We thank Sam for being brave enough to step in and do all he could to save us.
“Sadly, it was not to be, but Sam, Karl and Robbie did everything they could to lift the mood at Thorp Arch and Elland Road and for that we are all extremely grateful.”
The statement also suggests that the club are aiming to have a new head coach in place “in the coming weeks”.
Allardyce managed only one point from his four games in charge with a 4-1 home defeat to Tottenham sealing Leeds’ fate on the final day of the campaign.