Hollywood actor Russell Crowe is losing patience with the current Leeds United owners and has refused to rule out a bid to takeover the club, reports the Daily Mirror.
The ‘Gladiator’ star has been a fan of the Whites since he was a child, and hinted at a possible takeover bid on Twitter last month. The club are currently owned by Eleonora Sport Limited, who is banned from footballing activities until April after being found guilty of tax evasion.
Crowe already owns another of his childhood teams in the form of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, who have enjoyed great success since he took control nine years ago.
United supporters have reacted well to the news that the Oscar winner was interested in taking over the struggling side.
The 50-year-old said: “It was quite an overwhelmingly positive thing [reaction to a possible takeover]. I’ve followed Leeds since I was a little kid. I used to come home with my brother and watch Match of the Day. I love the club. I want nothing but success for the club. But like many other Leeds fans – probably 99.9 per cent – I’m getting a little impatient.”
“Look at a show called South Side Story you’ll see how we handled this at South Sydney. It’s up on YouTube, 6 episodes. We set up a member company that has its own board and seats on the football club board. There has to be a singular vision. There has to be one voice that sets the tone. Every thought and every decision has to be about success on the field.”
The club are currently under a transfer embargo, but are safe from relegation despite some early scares. They are 17 points clear of the drop with just nine games to go.