By Noel Whelan

17th Sep, 2022 | 12:07pm

Leeds United employee hits back at Gary Neville's 'dangerous' 49ers claim

Noel Whelan has rejected Gary Neville’s claims which suggested the ownership of Leeds United is “a danger” to football.

The former Whites striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Elland Road fanbase are “very happy” with the direction of travel at the club.

Sky Sports pundit and former Red Devils defender Neville tweeted on Wednesday (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.

They have steadily increased their shareholding to 44 per cent and it has been widely reported that they hold the option to purchase the club in full.

Whelan suggested Neville is biased because of the high-profile failings of the Glazer family – owners of his former side Man United.

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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Gary is going from personal experience with a club he loves and one that is very close to his heart.

“I can understand his grievances, because of how Man United has been run for a few years.

“But I don’t think what he said applies to everyone.

“What Leeds United have got is a part-ownership. The 49ers work very closely with Mr Radrizzani and they do what is best for the club.

“They’re making sure plans are in place to expand the stadium, to bring in new players every summer – and to make us competitive in the Premier League.

“Everyone is very happy in the Leeds United fanbase with where we are and what we’re doing on the field.”

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