The 49ers Enterprises’ influence is growing at Leeds United ahead of their eventual takeover, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Lowdown: takeover planned for 2024
In January 2024, 49ers Enterprises are set to take 100% control of Leeds, ending Andrea Radrizzani’s successful reign at Elland Road and paying the Italian around £475million.
With Jesse Marsch replacing Marcelo Bielsa as manager last week, there is a distinct sense of a new American-heavy era slowly dawning at the club, as the Whites fight to stay in the Premier League.
Judging by a new update, the incoming new owners are already making their influence felt.
The Latest: Reporter Reveals Latest 49ers
Talk to Give me sportsO’Rourke lodged a complaint ‘in the halls’ of the club, saying the 49ers Enterprises are ‘flexing their muscles’ at Leeds as their power increases after Marsch’s arrival:
“It sure looks like the 49ers and the American influence have some power in the halls of Elland Road and it looks like they’re trying to exert their influence.”
This follows massive news last week that Angus Kinnear and Victor Orta could leave this summer as we may be entering a totally new era in Yorkshire.
The verdict: good for Leeds
From a financial point of view, the change of ownership should be a good thing for Leeds, allowing more funds to be available for new signings, as the club builds as a whole – many would say the failure to really strengthen the Bielsa team last summer and in January. cost the favorite fan his job.
That being said, it’s important that 49ers Enterprises show respect to Radrizzani and not get too involved at this point, which could lead to a potentially bitter situation.
That shouldn’t happen, and the hope is that the change of ownership will go smoothly in two years, by which time Los Blancos will hopefully still be in the Premier League.
In other news, Leeds have been backed to sign a Premier League striker this summer. Learn more here.