English Championship side Leeds United may be in line for a celebrity owner after Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe asked his Twitter followers if buying the club was a good idea. He then sent three tweets to Leeds Fans LLP, a group supporting fan ownership of the club.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 25, 2015
Leeds have never fully recovered from being relegated from the Premier League in the 2003/04 season, when financial trouble meant they had to sell most of their players. They did briefly drop into the third tier before being promoted back to the Championship, but have yet to threaten a return to the top flight.
During this turbulent time in the club’s history, owners have come and gone on a regular basis. The current owner is Eleonora Sport Limited and the President is Italian Massimo Cellino, who is disqualified from having anything to do with the club until April after being found guilty of tax evasion in Italy. However, Cellino has said that he will not return to the club immediately as he attempts to clear his name. He has also sold his personal stake in both the club and the company that owns the club, although the identity of the buyer is unknown.
Well, well #Leeds great result
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 21, 2015
Up step Russell Crowe. After being tweeted at by a fan asking him to buy the club, he responded by asking his 1.67m followers if this would be a good idea. Crowe is actually a Leeds fan after developing an affinity for the club when watching the Match of the Day broadcast in Australia, at which time Leeds were one of the top teams in England.
Crowe had already tweeted about Leeds’ surprise win at Middlesbrough last weekend, and then took to the network to lay out his management plan for the club in a series of tweets to Leeds Fan LLP.
The actor is no stranger to sports club ownership – he is the co-owner of Rugby League club South Sydney Rabbitohs, who play in Australia’s National Rugby League and were recently crowned World Champions after a record-breaking win over English side St Helens.
Is Russell Crowe the owner Leeds United need to take them back into the big time? We’ll certainly by keeping a close eye on any developments in this story.