By Mark Smith

14th Oct, 2021 | 4:10pm

Graham Smyth: It would be 'odd' if San Francisco 49ers didn't gain full control of Leeds

Graham Smyth has insisted it would be “odd” if the San Francisco 49ers didn’t gain control of Leeds United in the future.

The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist has been questioned on the future of the club with Andrea Radrizzani still the majority owner.

The 49ers Group are major investors at Elland Road, though, and that is suggested to turn into full ownership at some stage.

Responding to a fan query on his personal Twitter account, Smyth suggested that this initial investment should lead to ownership down the line.

“It would be odd for them to get this invested without a view to being in control in the long term,” he wrote.

One to watch.

Radrizzani has been influential in bringing Leeds back to the big time, but he has to be realistic with how much further he can take the club.

The 49ers Group initially invested and have further upped their stake with a further injection of cash over the past year.

Paraag Marathe is the front of that, and he has voiced his support to work closely with Radrizzani, but both will know that further investment will be needed.

Given that the NFL side now owns 37% of the club, and any further investment would likely see them become the majority stakeholder [The Times].

With the squad needing strengthening each year and plans to expand Elland Road, it is only a matter of time before the 49ers become more involved and possibly take control.

Could Radrizzani stick around after that? It is certainly possible, not many would have any problems.

In other Leeds United news, One player has been dumped from his matchday squad this week and he’s reportedly agreed terms with the Whites