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Leeds United’s risk of double relegation assessed amid ‘trouble behind scenes’

Former Denmark international Thomas Sorensen expects that the busy summer awaiting Leeds United off the field will prove harmful to their chances of achieving promotion straight back to the Premier League.

With a takeover, a full-time manager to appoint and an overhaul to the Leeds United squad expected it could be a tumultuous few months ahead at Elland Road, and the former Aston Villa and Stoke City goalkeeper thinks that will prove too much to take on all at once ahead of the new Championship campaign.

Sorensen stopped short of suggesting Leeds were set to emulate another of his former clubs, Sunderland, in doing the double drop straight down to League One next season – but he did hazard that a lengthy spell back in the EFL could away Leeds if they don’t get their ducks in a row fast.

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Speaking on the GegenPod Football Podcast, Sorensen said: “I think it’s always a risk. We saw the teams that went down last year, only one has come back up, so it’s always a struggle.

“There seems to be a lot of trouble behind the scenes. Who’s the manager? Is Sam Allardyce going to stay on? Are they going to look elsewhere? A lot of their talent will probably leave, be bought up, wanting to play in the Premier League.

“It’s always a worrying time, not just for players and everything else but for staff, and I do worry. It took them so long to get back [to the Premier League] and it could take them the same amount of time again. Double drop? I don’t think so, but I don’t think it’ll be straight back up.”


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