New Leeds United vice-chairman Paraag Marathe has gone out of his way to prove his credentials after the San Francisco 49ers increased their stake in the Whites to 37%.
That saw Marathe take on the new role at Leeds and he was on the Ornstein & Chapman podcast straight after the 2-1 defeat against Everton at Elland Road.
“This is not a mutual fund or a stock, you have to care, you have to be passionate, you have to adopt this club into your family,” Marathe said.
“That’s what’s different for us. We have to announce that we have invested more but that’s just a means to an end and that’s not really what this is about.
“This is about a much deeper engagement and partnership where we’ll be able to lend our expertise and our skills that we’ve developed with the 49ers to help other clubs grow and that’s because we care.
“I’m salty right now because I just finished watching that match and in the 95th minute Bamford gets it and passes it to Tyler and Tyler it came just off his foot and goes a bit high and it would have been the equaliser in the 95th minute.
“I’m on the ground in my office because I’m so frustrated by that and I don’t think all American owners are like that, I don’t think they care like that but we do.”
Tyler Roberts soccerball
Hats off to Marathe for making a real effort to get across to Leeds fans that he’s not just a source of money.
His comments on the game might have sounded a little US soccerball but Leeds fans will love the fact that he was watching and wants to be seen as a man of the club.
Marathe talked about what the 49ers can bring to the partnership and he remarked again about how the aim is to expand Elland Road up from the current 36,000 capacity.
Staying in the Premier League is key to this and Leeds have already taken a massive step towards this despite losing to Everton last night.
Marathe also talked up the Under-23s too, and about Kalvin Phillips coming through the Leeds academy.
It was an outing that will have given Leeds fans even more hope for the future.
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