Crowe, “big” Leeds United supporter, is contemplating buying a stake in the club in a bid to see it back into the Premier League.
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has expressed his impatience over the 11 years that Leeds United has been out of the FA Premier League.
On several occasions, Crowe has reiterated is “love” for Leeds United and he would love the club to be back in the nation’s topflight football competition.
Crowe, 50, is a lifelong Leeds supporter.
The New Zealander indicated in a twit last month that he would consider investing in the Elland Road club. Crowe asked his followers for advice about investing in Leeds United to which he received overwhelming response. Some of his followers even urged him to mount a take-over of the club.
Crowe, however, has since not indicated whether he would take up the advice apart from acknowledging that the response to his twit had been “quite an overwhelmingly positive thing.”
Italian Massimo Cellino used UK firm Eleonora Sport Ltd to buy Leeds United in April of last year and company owns 75 per cent of the Championship club.
The Football League has imposed an ownership ban on Celino is currently in the middle of an, a disqualification which will end on May 3. It is this absence from the club that has fuelled rumours of another takeover at Elland Road.
The actor is well-known for his love of sport. In 2006 he bought control of South Sydney Rabbitohs, the rugby league team he supported as a boy and of which he is now co-owner.
“I love the club. I want nothing but success for the club,” Crowe said in an interview. “Like many Leeds fans, probably 99.9 per cent, I’m getting a little impatient. I own a rugby league team in Australia who, again, are my childhood team. They were a champion team when they were younger and they’d fallen into a state of disarray. They were perennial losers.”
The Gladiator star added: “Nine years ago I put my chequebook where my mouth is and bought the club. Step by step, changing the culture, changing the merchandise, changing the player roster, changing the coaching staff, changing the administrative staff, and changing our connection to our community, we’ve risen from being perennial losers to being competitive, to being dominant and now we’re champions. We currently hold every single trophy in the rugby league world that we’re allowed to compete for. That’s an incredible turnaround. So I know that when it comes to sport, it’s not necessarily about money. It’s about culture. I’ve learned a lot in nine years. It would give me nothing but pleasure to see that white army marching on together, being back in the (Premier League) and being where they should be.”
Leeds Fans LLP, the group which is working towards supporter investment at United and aims to raise £10m, has welcomed the possibility of Crowe investing in Leeds United. Leeds Fans LLP intends to buy the 25 per cent stake controlled by Gulf Finance House, the Bahraini investment bank that owned the club before selling it to Cellino.