Leeds United head coach Daniel Farke is backing the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl LVIII over the Kansas City Chiefs despite the expected presence of Taylor Swift supporting the reigning champions. Farke is not a fan of the 14-time Grammy Award-winning artist and instead favours listening to the club’s fans singing their songs in the stands.
Farke, 47, namechecked Status Quo and Sophie Ellis-Bextor after wishing the 49ers well on Sunday. 49ers Enterprises, the NFL team’s strategic arm that invests in sporting properties, completed a takeover of the Championship club last summer after being a minority shareholder in the team since May 2018.
Paraag Marathe is the 49ers’ executive vice president of football operations and became Leeds’ chairman in July after previously serving on the board. He and the Niners’ CEO, Jed York, own the two significant stakes in 49ers Enterprises.
That relationship with the five-time Super Bowl champions is why Farke spoke about Sunday’s Big Game during his pre-match press conference. But the comments about Taylor Swift were unprompted.
“Yes, first of all, fingers are crossed,” he said. “There are many, many messages flying around, and we are hoping they can do the big thing and bring it over the line and can celebrate, because it’s a massive, massive game for them.”
Farke then expanded on the link between the two clubs. “Obviously, we are concentrated on football here in England, but, yes, it’s also a big topic. Our owners, they know you can be successful and what you have to do to be successful with a club.
“Obviously, American football is something different to our proper European football, that’s definitely for sure, but how to run a club and to be successful and also how to bring a winning mentality to this club is quite similar. So it’s always important to be open to learning from other sports, from other businesses.
“Communication and conversation with intelligent people who know what is important to be successful in this world and the sports world is also quite beneficial.” But returning to the game, he added: “I believe in (49ers quarterback) Brock Purdy that he will do a proper job and make sure that the 49ers can win the big game.
Farke then continued: “It won’t be easy, I think Taylor Swift is also on the other side supporting a bit, that’s what I’ve heard. But I also have to say I’d rather listen to our supporters sing the songs of Status Quo and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. So, for that, I think we also have a great chance.”
Leeds have a chant to the tune of ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ reworked to include the names of their players Georginio Rutter, Ilia Gruev and Daniel James. Crysencio Summerville, Pascal Struijk and Joel Piroe also feature in another chant based on ‘Rocking All Over The World’.