Leeds United’s backroom situation has been interesting to follow for the past year or so.
Rumours of potential massive investment from Qatar have been bubbling under the surface for some time now, while there have also been the odd murmurs about the San Francisco 49ers increasing their minority stake in the club.
However, the 49ers rumours seem to finally be coming to fruition with The Telegraph reporting that Radrizzani is finally set to sell a further stake in the club to the Americans.
The added investment may be a huge help at Elland Road for years to come, and while the 49ers don’t have the enormous wealth that QSI has, they will be better for the club.
Many fans were worried that the club would sell their soul if QSI came in and Leeds would become unrecognisable from the club they currently, but the 49ers aren’t going to be majority owners, so they won’t bring about that type of drastic change that fans were worried about.
Radrizzani would be doing the right thing by inviting in more investment, after all, his own personal wealth isn’t even £1bn, which is seemingly the benchmark for a Premier League owner these days, but he’s not sold the club’s soul by handing the reigns over to the Qataris.
QSI investment would see Leeds become a lot more successful, but there are countless blogs from Manchester City fans warning of the dangers of becoming an overnight financial superpower, the fanbase can quickly lose touch of what the club was and what it means to them, and that’s not what we want to see at Leeds.
Some fans have also expressed their concerns about the heinous human rights violations that the Qataris have been behind over the past few years, but that’s a story for another day, and there isn’t much to say on that front that hasn’t already been said.
The 49ers increasing their stake alongside Radrizzani being at the helm is seemingly the perfect set-up for Leeds at the moment, and the Italian has done right by the club with this backroom rejig.