Maguire greets Marathe “ smooth ” after the revelation of an interview
The San Francisco 49ers’ investment in Leeds United is more well-intentioned than that of other US-owned Premier League clubs.
This is according to the finance guru and Football insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Paraag Marathe gave a revealing interview to BBC Radio Leeds.
There, the vice-president of Leeds and the president of the 49ers were keen to distance themselves from his fellow billionaires.
Speaking to the European Super League, he said the six separatist teams had “lost the confidence” of their supporters.
Like Marathe, three of the owners of these breakaways are Americans.
But he claimed his own intentions with Leeds were “pure” and contrasted with KSE, the Glazer family and FSG.
Maguire explained that a key difference was that Marathe wanted to operate within the framework of existing football rather than rewriting the rulebook.
He said Football insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He [Marathe] is very confident and smooth. They seem to be here for the long haul, the 49ers.
“I think Marathe’s point of view is that Leeds are a sleeping giant as opposed to a giant.
“If you compare Leeds to Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal, which are America’s peer group, he thinks Leeds can progress both on the pitch and financially within the existing financial framework.
“Moreover, you need the existing football framework for an ambitious football club like Leeds to realize its potential.
“From his point of view, it would be in competition in Europe and in the Premier League. For that to be the case, you need a more democratic Premier League than what was offered to us in the Super League or the Project Big Picture.
“This configuration was entirely linked to the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of the privileged few.”
In other news, the former Leeds United man is backing the youth sensation to sign for the EFL club.