By Sam Stone

20th May, 2022 | 10:00am

Journalist predicts 49ers caution if Leeds United are relegated

Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has suggested the 49ers will be more cautious with their future investment in the club if Leeds United are relegated.

Jesse Marsch’s side will be relegated if they fail to better Burnley’s result on the final day of the season at Brentford.

Cross has suggested that relegation could mean the 49ers could err on the side of caution when it comes to future investment at Elland Road.

Responding in his latest Q&A, Cross said: “Without knowing the small print of their agreement with Radrizzani, my assumption would be they are far more cautious about putting any more into a Championship club than they need to.

“Relegation was evidently never a part of their plan when they came on board in 2018.”

Disaster

Relegation would be nothing short of a disaster for Leeds United.

The Elland Road faithful know better than most the difficulty of getting back into the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

The financial implications for Leeds United are worrying.

Potentially losing key players on cut prices, Premier League sponsorship and TV rights and uncertainty around the owners’ commitment.

The match at Brentford on Sunday [22 May] is crucial for the progression of Leeds.

If they stay in the League they can continue to become an established top 10 Premier League club.

Relegation would bring their progression back three or four years.

Brentford will be a huge challenge for Leeds with the Bees finishing the season in fine form and Thomas Frank’s side can still break into the top ten.

Leeds’ will be looking for the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha to step up and produce something special on what could be a future defining day for the club.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if Andrea Radrizzani heard fans chants during the Brighton draw