Hollywood great Russell Crowe opens door to buying Leeds United via Twitter

Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer Sept 14 2011

The star of Gladiator, Beautiful Mind and American Gangster has Tweeted about a potential purchase of the Yorkshire club.

It has been another tumultuous season for Leeds United. They have got through to their fourth manager since pre-season, with Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic all departing. Meanwhile Massimo Cellino has made a mess of things off the pitch.

The Italian confirmed this week to the official website that he would not be returning to the club in April when his disqualification from the club ends, after being found guilty of tax evasion in Italy.

The future of Leeds then is unknown but it is surely not unlikely that the club could be sold by Cellino. So who might be the saviour Leeds are after?

Well he has played the hero quite a few times in Hollywood, but could Russell Crowe become the Leeds owner?

At the weekend Crowe Tweeted after Leeds defeated Middlesbrough. Now he has responded to a direct question on Twitter, on whether he would buy the club.

He did not seem to rubbish such a claim...

Before you think this would just be a gimmicky role for the Kiwi movie star it is important to realise he is the owner of Rugby League side South Sydney Rabitohs - who he turned from perennial bottom placers to the best team in the world under his ownership.

So he has a record when it comes to transforming fortunes of sports teams as the owner.

He has the money, he has the experience and he has the opportunity.

Leeds fans will certainly be hoping for a Hollywood ending to this piece of showbiz gossip.

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