By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

29th Oct, 2022 | 11:10am

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson believes it’ll become less likely the 49ers will buy Leeds United from Andrea Radrizzani if the club continues to fight against relegation from the Premier League.

In December last year, The Athletic reported that 49ers Enterprises have a “deal in place to buy” Leeds for more than £400million.

It is understood that the investment arm of NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers, who currently over 44 per cent of the Whites, have the option to take 100 per cent of control of the Yorkshire team by January 2024.

Leeds’ Premier League status looked far more secure when the 49ers increased their shareholding last November and that £400million-plus agreement was reported.

As of right now, the Whites are in the relegation zone – again – after just about avoiding a return to the Championship on the final day of last season.

If United continue to be in this situation, Robinson warns that the 49ers’ interest in buying the club will wane.

“Leeds are an attractive proposition but they’re obviously a less attractive proposition when they’re in a relegation battle,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

If you’ve not got Premier League security and income for the next however-many years, it’s a different proposition and a different deal.

As soon as Leeds look safe – or safer – in the Premier League, Radrizzani’s going to get a better deal.”

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling claims this world-class manager would want to be the next Whites manager if Marsch is sacked.