By David Woods

6th Apr, 2021 | 6:09pm

Al Guido: Engagement with Leeds 'off the charts'

San Francisco 49ers president Al Guido has made a string of claims that Leeds United fans will love. 

He said that the engagement levels with the 49ers are “off the charts” and that the aim is to get the club back to the top of the Premier League.

When asked about the relationship getting deeper and more money being put into Leeds, Guido said “the answer is always, sure”.

Talking on the Sports Pro podcast, Guido said, “We truly believe in the club and where it can go.

“We saw similarities with Leeds, sold-out matches, a pedigree of a team we believe that is run efficiently and with the thought of becoming a sustainable Premier League team.”

Asked if that meant the relationship could get even deeper with extra investment, Guido said, “The answer is always, sure. It’s already gotten deeper in terms of our increased stake in the team and our involvement in the club, so what I would say is we’re committed to Leeds United.

“We love the club, we love the supporters, we love the management team, and it’s fun waking up and watching the matches.

“For us, the engagement level is off the charts. I will tell you and I will tell any Leeds supporter, you have a very passionate and engaged partner here in the 49ers, who want to help get Leeds back to the top of the Premier League table.”

Exciting partnership 

The San Fran 49ers are making all the right noises and will be winning fans over who might otherwise be suspicious of US financial overlords.

We’ve already heard Paraag Marathe talk about watching Leeds games live and now president Guido himself is saying the engagement is “off the charts”.

Given how Leeds are playing under Bielsa it’s perhaps not all that surprising that the 49ers are so enthusiastic.

We’ve been the Premier League’s consistent entertainers in a season that’s been shorn of fan interaction.

When the fans get back into Elland Road we’re sure that the eyes of the 49ers people will light up again.

In Bielsa, we’ve got one of the best managers in the world. Inside Elland Road, we’ve got the best fans in the Premier League.

Put this all together, with a club that’s being run brilliantly by Andrea Radrizzani and Angus Kinnear, and it points to Leeds heading back to the top.

The 49ers can definitely help us get there.

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