By Joe Ellis

23rd Dec, 2022 | 8:10am

Andrea Radrizzani speaks out on 49ers Enterprises and Leeds United takeover news

Andrea Radrizzani has revealed major news regarding the potential takeover of Leeds United by the 49ers Enterprise in 2024.

The Whites’ chairman spoke to the Sports Entrepreneurs podcast about his position at Elland Road right now and where it may take him in the future with the 49ers increasingly willing to complete a full takeover [The Times].

Radrizzani revealed that the company, who also own the San Francisco 49ers NFL team, have the chance to trigger a full takeover to be majority shareholders in 2024.

“At the moment we are 56 per cent for Aser and 44 per cent 49ers, but the 49ers have an option starting in January 2024 to become a majority shareholder,” he said.

“It makes me very proud and it gives the opportunity for a club like Leeds to be growing with the leadership of mine and over time more from the 49ers. We have a great relationship and we will continue to work together.”

Too long

If Radrizzani is happy for the 49ers to wait until 2024 to complete their majority takeover of the football club then it could prove to be a problem in the time between now and then.

His heart would seem to be not fully with Leeds United now if this deal is inevitable so why would he risk spending a huge amount of money in January or the following summer if he is set to relinquish his role at the club?

From an entirely selfish point of view, he would be perfectly entitled not to invest heavily in the playing squad when he is on the brink of being pushed out of the door by the 49ers anyway.

It is, however, very concerning that Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch might have to go into the next couple of transfer windows fighting with one hand behind their back.

With the Whites already precariously placed in the Premier League, the last thing they need is a chairman who phones it in with the end in sight on his tenure.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared the feeling around Thorp Arch after the club decided to cancel a pre-planned trip during the World Cup.