Leeds United warning over 49ers takeover suggested by Neville

Leeds United aren’t quite around yet, but they are almost a club dominated by Americans.

In November 2021, 49ers Enterprises increased its stake in the Elland Road club to 44 percent and has plans to complete a full acquisition in the coming years.

American Group, the investment arm of the American football franchise San Francisco 49ers, has an option to buy Andrea Radrizzani of Leeds United by January 2024 with the athlete Reporting that there is a clause worth more than £400m in their agreement with the current president of Yorkshire FC.

Since the 49ers have increased their ownership stake in Elland Road, Wisconsin-born Jesse Marsch has been appointed as manager and two USA signings in the form of Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams have been signed.

The Americans are clearly taking charge not only in the boardroom but on the pitch as well, and former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has given a big warning about the growing impact on the English game from across the pond.

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all, in one way or another, owned or partly owned by the Americans.

Todd Boehle became Chelsea president earlier this year and has proposed some radical ideas for overhauling football in England, from playing a North vs South All-Star game to proposing a playoff tournament for relegation.

It’s all nonsense, and it’s clearly something Americans would want in the Premier League if they weren’t advocating the relegation be scrapped altogether and the imposition of something as controversial as the idea of ​​the Europa League closed shop.

Either way, Neville wasn’t a fan of his two sons chirp A warning to clubs that have American influence in its board of directors.

Writing on Wednesday (September 14), he said, “I still say that but the sooner we make the regulator the better.

“US investment in English football presents a clear and present danger to the hierarchy and fabric of the game.

“They just don’t get it and they think differently.

“They also don’t stop until they get what they want!”

Parag Marath, 49ers Enterprises chairman and Leeds vice-chairman, has done nothing to suggest he wants seismic change for English football in his time on the board at Elland Road.

Talking to Leeds Live Last year, he basically denied the idea of ​​the European Premier League, attaching great importance to fans of football clubs.

He said: “The only thing I’ve seen that probably doesn’t work well is when people have a little bit of an emotional disconnect with the club they’re investing in and see that it’s just a place to put money or to invest. You have to care. Whatever you do or whatever you want to build, you have to.” Have a passion. If you don’t have a passion don’t put a dollar in it.”

Neville may have a view on the likes of the Boehly and the Glazer family.

But he shouldn’t paint all the American Angels in English football with the same brush.

In other Leeds United news, Some major injury news for the first team was dropped this week ahead of the Under-21 squad.

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