Graham Smyth has been speaking on the latest edition of the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Inside Elland Road podcast about all things relating to Leeds United.
One of the topics that he spent some time on was Andrea Radrizzani’s future at Elland Road and if the San Francisco 49ers are considering taking over the Whites and claiming a majority share.
The NFL franchise increased their stake in Leeds from 15% to 37% earlier this year, and Smyth thinks they could have considered the prospect of running Leeds.
He said: “I think the interesting thing is how long Andrea Radrizzani plans to be in charge, how long he plans to be the major owner.
“Whether he still sees it as long-term or whether he’s now starting to think about an exit plan, whether he’ll exit at all, maybe he’ll simply relinquish some of his shares but retain some shares and still have a say and still be very much involved.
“You have to believe that the 49ers have considered or are considering whether they could be the people to run this ship and take it forward.”
Do you think that the 49ers will take over Leeds one day?
Yes, seems inevitable
No, they won't
TIF Thoughts on the 49ers and Radrizzani…
Both Radrizzani and the 49ers can see the potential in Leeds as a club and believe that they can push the club on.
However, the Italian has always said that he will leave at some point or at least hand over some control at the club, and with the 49ers increasing their stake in January, that has already happened in some ways.
So, there is plenty to be built on, and it will be interesting to see what role the 49ers play next season.