Legends Gray and McAllister give pep talk to Leeds players

Leeds boss Sam Allardyce switches training sessions to Elland Road ahead of Sunday’s relegation decider in a bid to end home woe… while club legends Eddie Gray and Gary McAllister give a pep talk to Whites squad

  • Sam Allardyce wants his players to feel more comfortable at Elland Road
  • Leeds have won just two Premier League home games since November
  • Leeds must beat Spurs on Sunday to stand any chance of avoiding relegation 

Sam Allardyce has switched Leeds United’s training sessions to Elland Road to mentally prepare his players for Sunday’s do-or-die match there against Tottenham.

The Whites usually train at Thorp Arch, 20 miles north of the city, but boss Allardyce wants his squad to feel more comfortable at their stadium, having won just two Premier League home games since November.

Big Sam has held the odd session at Elland Road since he was appointed at the start of the month, but this week his players are spending most of their time at the ground, where 37,000 fans will create a white-hot atmosphere on Sunday.

Leeds must beat Spurs to stand any chance of avoiding relegation, although even then they will need both Everton and Leicester to fail to win. If Everton draw against Bournemouth, Leeds must win by three goals.

Given their desperate situation, Allardyce has been keen to shake things up this week ahead of what is likely to be his last game in charge of the club.

Sam Allardyce has ramped up preparations for Sunday’s do-or-die match against Tottenham

Before they decamped to Elland Road, he invited club legends Eddie Gray and Gary McAllister to address his squad at Thorp Arch on Tuesday.

The Scottish icons spoke to the players about what it meant to wear the Leeds badge and the importance of the club to the city.

Gray played for Leeds from 1966 to 1983, winning two First Division titles. He also managed the Whites when they were last relegated from the Premier League in 2004.

The 75-year-old famously visited Jesse Marsch’s side in the build-up to their final match of last season at Brentford, which they won to stay up.

Club legends Eddie Gray and Gary McAllister spoke to the Leeds squad this week

McAllister, 58, was part of the last Leeds team to win the top flight in 1992 and also managed them in League One in 2008.

Allardyce, meanwhile, is sweating over the fitness of his strikers ahead of the visit of Spurs.

Rodrigo struggled through last Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham with a foot injury and the club’s medical staff are trying to patch him up again to play this weekend.

Patrick Bamford came off at the London Stadium with a hamstring strain and is unlikely to be available on Sunday.

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