The ‘common-sense’ ownership choice made by 49ers Enterprises for Leeds United

The owners of Leeds United have received acclaim for their hiring of manager Daniel Farke this summer.

When Marcelo Bielsa was hired as the club’s head coach by previous owner Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta, Leeds United made one of the best decisions the team has ever made. In the end, it was a pivotal choice that brought Premier League football back to Leeds.

However, and this is the final nail in the coffin, the choice to let Bielsa go was not as widely applauded. The subsequent hiring of Jesse Marsch and Sam Allardyce, who took over for a limited time, weren’t either, thus the previous owner left after several mistakes on something of a sour note.

Getting the next manager decision was key, especially with a new ownership at the helm who needed an early win in that regard, as well as a dependable figure to spearhead a push for an immediate return to the top flight. According to former Leeds United assistant manager and Brighton and Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, 49ers Enterprises got their first big decision just right in appointing as manager.

Poyet has labelled 49ers Enterprises‘ decision to appoint Daniel Farke as manager one of the standout decisions by any football owner in the country over summer. A big statement indeed.

“I think Daniel Farke’s appointment by Leeds was the most ‘common-sense decision’ from any football owner in the summer!” Poyet told “You are Leeds United Football Club and you want to go back up to the Premier League straight away, and there is a coach available who has been promoted twice from the Championship, it’s a decision that has all the basics.

“It’s common sense, and the only thing Leeds need to do now is work hard and achieve the same thing Farke did with Norwich. It won’t be easy of course, but Leeds have put themselves in a great position with that appointment of Farke.”

Asked about whether Leeds can achieve promotion back to the Premier League this season, Poyet was equally as confident in the club’s ability: “Yes, I think so, they have enough in their squad and their manager to achieve that aim this season,” he added.

“I believe there was a gap at the start of the season, which is typical with a new manager and after being demoted from the Premier League. A number of their players also expressed a desire to quit, which would have been disturbing. However, I believe they have now found their footing and will be a very strong team in the division. They should make a push to return to the Premier League.

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