Former Leeds United winger Eddie Gray has suggested in the Yorkshire Evening Post that it could be difficult for Hollywood actor Russell Crowe to buy his old club.
Crowe has been touted as a potential buyer of the club, which would create a new era around Elland Road after everything which has happened with Massimo Cellino.
However, while Gray may appear pessimistic, he’s all for a change of leadership if the actor could put together a financially viable plan for the benefit of the club.
“There’s been more talk of Russell Crowe getting involved and I certainly liked him in the movies! But I think that’s all just paper talk,” wrote Gray.
“It takes a hell of a lot of money to buy a football club. But if he’s wanting to come to Elland Road then he’s welcome, no doubt about that.”
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Massimo. Nobody really knows what’s happening, but I would imagine he’ll be back.”
Cellino won’t return to Leeds until the end of the season and while manager Neil Redfearn has turned things around since the New Year, the play-off places are too far away for Leeds to achieve this season.
However, with the right summer, Leeds have the manager, the youth system and the infrastructure to mount a serious challenge for the title looking ahead to next season.
Whether Cellino returns or Crowe puts his money where his mouth is, the manager needs to be backed over the way he wants the side to be run and the players he wants to come in and made a difference to the squad.
It will be interesting to see if there is any more movement from Crowe and what he might do differently to a returning Cellino at the end of the season.