Sky Sports pundit open to US investment despite Gary Neville warning with £400m Leeds United deal in place
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...
Gary Neville warned American owners are a danger to English football earlier this week with Leeds United set to one day be completely taken over by 49ers Enterprises.
The Athletic reported last year that the investment arm of NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers have the option to buy Andrea Radrizzani out of Leeds but January 2024 with a deal in place worth over £400million.
The 49ers, who are headed up by Leeds’ vice-chairman Paraag Marathe, currently own a 44 per cent share of the Yorkshire club.
American ownership in English football is nothing new but there’s no doubt an increasing trend with Bournemouth also set to be taken over by Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley [Sky Sports].
Todd Boehly, who became Chelsea chairman earlier this year, has recently suggested an All-Star North v South match in the Premier League, something which has been met with widespread criticism.
Manchester United legend Neville, who’s vocal in his opposition to the Glazer family’s rule at Old Trafford, warns that American ownership is bad for English football.
Paul Robinson is open for the Americans to invest in the Premier League but has told the 49ers, and every other US owner, to stop trying to change things.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, he said: “Listen, there are more and more Americans coming into the game.
“Financially, it’s very good and it’s very beneficial to the game.
“Obviously they do things differently and there have been issues with the Glazers at Manchester United.
“But football is football and it should never be re-rooted, if you know what I mean.
“It doesn’t work trying to play it in different formats.
“What we’ve got works. It’s the best game in the world and the best league in the world – leave it like that.“
“It’s complete rubbish (the plans for an All-Star game). It’ll never, ever work.“
In other Leeds United news, a pundit suggests a “world-class” player should be sent to Leeds on loan in January.