By Craig Scott

11th Nov, 2021 | 7:10am

Signs suggest Paraag Marathe wants full takeover at Leeds United

All signs suggests 49ers chief Paraag Marathe wants “full control” at Leeds United after increasing his shareholding at Elland Road, according to Graham Smyth.

Last week, the 49ers increased their stake in the Yorkshire club to 44 per cent, taking a sizeable chunk out of Andrea Radrizzani’s majority ownership.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Smyth believes this latest move by Marathe means he’s likely to want a full takeover at Elland Road with Radrizzani set to make a huge profit on the Premier League club.

“Less than a year after that last increase, the 49ers have bought a little more of the pie. This time, there was little fanfare. Radrizzani’s partners appear content to tuck their feet a little further under the table quietly, but it does feel like their involvement is only leading towards one thing – full control,” Smyth wrote on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

“Why else would they have traversed the Atlantic in the first place? Why else would they have invested to this degree, undertaken so many fact-finding missions, explored how they could augment and develop Elland Road and brought Peter Lowy, billionaire Westfield heir, to the table with them?”

Smyth added: “The 49ers should not be unfairly tarred with the brush used to paint other US investors in the top flight, not when they’re yet to put a foot wrong. They will, by now, have an idea of what will and will not fly at Leeds. If their intention is to take over from Radrizzani, who will one day walk away with a considerable amount of money and a place in history having transformed the club’s fortunes and led them back to the Premier League, they know they have to prove they get Leeds.”

Who is Peter Lowy?

Some Leeds fans might not be familiar with this name but Lowy joined the Elland Road board back in May before the 2020/21 Premier League season came to a close.

The Australian businessman was in attendance at Elland Road when we beat West Brom on the final day of the last campaign and he seems as though his presence at the club is good news.

According to LeedsLive, Lowy is the Westfield shopping centre magnate and is among the richest people in Australia.

He and Marathe have a lot of money and power behind them.

Radrizzani does too, but the Italian businessman is likely to have his limits and his decision to slowly sell of his shares at Leeds is telling.

Could we see Marathe and Lowy be the main duo behind the scenes at Elland Road in the coming years? Or even the coming months?

If that does happen, we’d be happy that it’s been a slow bedding-in process and not a total takeover out of the blue.

Marathe and Lowy will be learning constantly and that could really help when the day comes for Radrizzani to cash in his chips.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Lineker has hailed Patrick Bamford after what he said in a recent interview.