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Crowe comments suggest approach he'd adopt at Leeds United

Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer Sept 14 2011

Russell Crowe has offered an insight into why he bought Rugby League side the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Daily Telegraph was among the sources to report earlier this week that Hollywood actor Russell Crowe could be a potential new owner for Leeds United.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs owner was a gust on Channel 4 show The Last Leg last Friday and explained why he got involved with the Rugby League club, which suggests the approach he may take to Elland Road should he buy Leeds.

Crowe spoke passionately about his involvement with the Australian side and revealed his reasons for getting involved.

“I just got sick of watching them (the Rabbitohs) lose every week – some friends and I went out and celebrated the season they came second last,” said Crowe.

“They kept asking me for money and nothing really changed – I thought if I’m going to put money in, I may as well become owner and that way I can make sure money goes towards football and developing the club in the right way to create success.”

An awful lot has to happen before Crowe gets anywhere near the title of owner of Leeds United, but his comments offer encouragement and insight into the sort of approach he’d take with Leeds.

The comments suggest that his mentality in terms of developing a successful side is very similar to that held by Neil Redfearn; invest in the academy to create a sustainable supply line for the senior side.

The comments also suggest that he wouldn’t get involved with how the club is run, other than deciding precisely where his investment goes across the infrastructure of the club.

The problem is how financially viable Leeds are for Crowe and how much of a risk he wants to take, considering the debts and issues which come along with the club.

Leeds have become synonymous with twists and turns in the recent past and there will be a few more looking ahead.

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