By Sean Fisher

23rd Nov, 2022 | 5:10pm

View: Leeds United takeover cast into doubt after Glazers and FSG make 49ers sweat

The 49ers Enterprises will be seriously worried about their Leeds United takeover after what they’ve heard from other American owners in the Premier League.

Earlier this month, The Times revealed that the 49ers Enterprises – who have close ties to NFL Franchise San Francisco 49ers – are gearing up for a full takeover of Leeds United.

They have owned a minority share in the club for a handful of years but have incrementally increased their percentage until they were ready to become full-time owners.

But while the takeover is inching closer and closer to completion, news this week may have seriously rocked the boat for the investing party.

Manchester United’s Glazer family revealed on Tuesday that they’re open to selling the club [Sky Sports], with their announcement coming just days after Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group stated they are also looking to sell their controlling share in the club. [ESPN]

The two ownership parties are considered the two major American investors in the Premier League, and their decision to sell could signal a huge shift in American investment in football.

It’ll definitely ring alarm bells for the 49ers just months before their expected takeover of the Whites, but they have also done their homework about running an English football club.

Unlike FSG and The Glazers – both of which have been heavily criticised by their own fanbases – the 49ers decided to take their time investing in Leeds and learn about the club culture before announcing themselves as owners.

The major turning point for FSG and The Glazers was the botched European Super League plans, which highlighted just how out of touch they were with English football and the fans. But after spending years around Elland Road and supporters, hopefully the 49ers can avoid any rash decisions that create a gulf between fans in the stands and the suits in the boardroom.

Provided they do that, they’re shouldn’t be anything to worry about regarding their proposed takeover.

In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch’s job safety as Leeds United manager is in doubt as the 49ers takeover looms