Leeds United's fans beg Russell Crowe to take over team
Not content with owning his own Australian rugby league side in the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has gone on record as saying he would consider buying Leeds United.
Asked by one of his Twitter followers if he'd be open to the idea of purchasing the unsettled Championship side, Crowe put the question to the rest of his 1.67 million followers, asking, "Anybody else think this is a good idea?"
Replies then poured in from Leeds fans, urging the "Gladiator" star to press ahead and rescue their beloved club from the clutches of current owners Eleonora Sport Limited.
Crowe is by no means a complete beginner when it comes to Leeds, having adopted them as his English club of choice after watching the famous Don Revie side of the 1970s in action on "Match of the Day" as a boy.
Crowe's public mulling led Leeds Fans LLP (a group who are championing the fan-ownership of the club) to inform the actor that they are seeking a "fan voice on the board" and that they "would love to have" him in charge at Elland Road. That prompted Crowe to lay out his basic management "vision."
"There has to be one voice that sets the tone," he tweeted. "Every thought and every decision has to be about success on the field."
According to BBC Sport, Leeds have confirmed no formal approach has been received from Crowe or his business associates.
Given that the State of Play has been distinctly Les Miserables at Leeds of late, the fans will no doubt be pining for A Good Year next season with a Man of Steel with A Beautiful Mind at the helm -- though whether they'll be any news within The Next Three Days is anybody's guess.