By Sam Stone

17th May, 2022 | 12:00pm

Journalist: Major Leeds United overhaul no worry with potential 49ers takeover in the pipeline

New York Times Journalist Rory Smith believes a major Leeds United overhaul should not be a worry with the 49ers potentially taking a majority share in the club.

The 49ers currently hold a share worth just over 40% in the Yorkshire side.

With the Whites’ Premier League status hanging by a thread, Smith thinks the proposed American takeover will mean a major squad overhaul is less of a worry for the Whites.

Talking on 5 Live Sport’s Monday night club, Smith said: “I worry to some extent if they stay up because I think what has become clear is that there is a major overhaul of that squad is needed.

“But I don’t worry, because I think they might get bought out by the San Fransisco 49ers.”

Avoid relegation first

Regardless of the ownership situation at Leeds, relegation would be a crippling blow for Leeds’ long term planning.

Leeds know better than anyone the challenge of returning to the Premier League, having spent 16-years outside the top flight, including dropping as low as League One.

Under their current leadership, there would need to be a lot of work undertaken over the summer if they do drop into the Championship.

Jesse Marsch would risk losing his best players for minimal fees and a big rebuilding job on his hands.

The Championship can be a challenging place and it would be surprising if Marsch managed to thrive in England’s second tier.

The Whites will be praying for Everton or Burnley to drop points in their midweek fixtures against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

The Whites face a challenging trip to Brentford on the final day, with Thomas Frank’s side looking to break into the top ten in their maiden Premier League season.

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