Leeds United could be taken over very soon.
Rumours of QSI and James Pallotta have circulated for a long time, but Phil Hay stated earlier this month that the San Franciso 49ers may also have an interest in purchasing a controlling stake in the club.
The journalist said that the NFL franchise owners have the right sporting expertise to come in and do a good job, and of course, that leads to a number of questions about what their pedigree actually is.
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The 49ers are historically an incredibly strong NFL side, winning five Super Bowls, but it’s been 26 years since their last triumph.
The San Francisco outfit have been going through a few years of transition after the opening of Levi’s Stadium.
As you can imagine, opening a new ground of that size and grandeur was a bit of a financial drain on the team, but they’ve managed to come through that period and they’re now back at the big time as they’re due to play in the Super Bowl after winning their conference final.
So how does this affect Leeds?
Well, NFL owners buying an English football team is nothing new, but often when it happens we see similar strategies implemented at the club’s they purchase.
Whether it’s Stan Kroenke trying to make a personal financial gain from Arsenal and the LA Rams (STL Today, via Daily Cannon) or the Glazer family running up debts with Manchester United and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Take for example, the Khan’s at Fulham. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ use of analytics and stats when recruiting players is widely known, and the Khan’s attempted to use the same model at Fulham to very little success as they’ve wasted millions of pounds on players before inevitably being relegated from the Premier League.
Fortunately, the 49ers sporting business sense seems to be spot on. John Lynch was named as 2019’s NFL executive of the year for the work he did in American Football’s equivalent of the transfer market.
It’s paid off on the field as well as the 49ers have a real chance of lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy at the end of the season.
Add onto that the fact that their net worth is around $3.5bn (£2.7bn), and it’s seemingly a recipe for success.
Guiding an NFL team to a Super Bowl and a football team to the Premier League may seem like two very different tasks, but a lot of the same attributes are needed on the business side of things to be a success.
The 49ers’ recent triumphs may have just proven that the owners in San Francisco are the right men to take the Elland Road outfit forward.