Leeds expert backs new investors after Gary Neville hits out - 'I can't believe it'
The American investors in Leeds United are not a threat to the Premier League.
That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the recent criticism of American owners in the Premier League.
Sky Sports pundit and former Red Devils defender Gary Neville tweeted on 14 September, suggesting US investment is a “clear and present danger to the pyramid and fabric” of football.
Leeds United are one of 10 Premier League sides with American investors, with the San Francisco 49ers first acquiring a stake in the club in 2018.
Chelsea were taken over by Todd Boehly’s Clearwater consortium earlier this year and the American has already made a name for himself in the Premier League.
Kenny insists it is not about the country potential owners come from, it is about the individual and if they have the best interests of the club at heart.
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“Boehly is coming across as hard to work with, a lot of people are leaving Chelsea at the moment,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“There were the comments about the North v South game a few weeks ago and they were just ridiculous, I’m not having that. I can’t believe it.
“So I can see where those kinds of comments come from but you have to look at the good cases. Leeds United have American investors and they are doing really well.
“The work they have done to get Leeds back to the Premier League and to then keep them there is fantastic.
“You could say bad things and good things about any owner so I can see where Neville is coming from but I don’t think it is about the country, it’s about the person.”