Kieran Maguire: Leeds can 'disrupt Big-Six cartel' as game-changing plan revealed
Leeds United are likely to be in favour of greater financial regulation in the Premier League.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively as the campaign for an independent regulatory body gathers momentum.
A petition demanding bipartisan reform by December 2021 is approaching 150,000 signatures, well beyond the 10,000 needed for the matter to be discussed in parliament.
Leeds United chiefs have been outspoken against the trend of money in the English game rising to the top, particularly in light of the European Super League plot.
CEO Angus Kinnear slammed owners of ‘big six’ clubs for “cowering at home” while “managers and players had to defend the indefensible.”
And Maguire insists that checks and balances on those clubs would be good news for Leeds.
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“I think broadly Leeds would be in favour of greater regulation,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“We’ve seen too often over recent years the concentration of wealth and power for the ‘big six’ clubs.
“Leeds have the potential to disrupt the ‘big six’ cartel. The likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle under new ownership could also fall into that category.
“Anything that helps to protect the Premier League as a whole is likely to come through an independent regulator.
“That means the whole league would be protected, not just half-a-dozen teams at the top. They would welcome that at Elland Road.”
Leeds finished 9th in their first season in the Premier League since 2003-04.
They rounded off their campaign with a swaggering 3-1 win over West Brom.