If Russell Crowe is serious about Leeds United, now is the time

Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer Sept 14 2011

Forget Massimo Cellino and Red Bull, there may well be a third option for Leeds' future.

Two weeks ago, Hollywood actor Russell Crowe - who has publicly toyed with the idea of a takeover - expressed his desire to bring the glory days back to Leeds United.

"I love the club. I want nothing but success for the club. But like many other Leeds fans - and probably in fact 99.9% - I'm getting a little impatient, you know?” he said.

"I have learnt a lot in nine years - it would give me nothing but pleasure to see that white army marching on together, getting back in the Premiership and being where they should be."

How things are unraveling, though, Crowe may need to get a little *more* impatient.

For, if the New Zealander is serious about his Leeds ambitions, there is no better time to act.

Recent reports suggest Red Bull are in talks over a £60 million takeover of the Yorkshire club. If the reports are true, issues could surface. Yes, Leeds fans will likely take success in whatever shape it comes - but the vast majority will want to do it their way. 

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If the Red Bull talk proves false, of course (they have denied any interest), the prospect of a Crowe takeover becomes all the more important. The Hollywood actor has a strong record with his rugby team and, while there is naturally a big risk of failure, it is likely his ownership would be nowhere near as chaotic as the current goings on at Elland Road.

Last week, for instance, Leeds assistant boss Steve Thompson was suspended. Just like that. And no explanation has since been given, just a bunch of mixed signals.

If Crowe is serious about his Leeds ambitions, then, there may not be a better chance to show it. Stability is needed this summer and, if the actor doesn't step in, the club he loves will either continue down its current ambiguous path or the opportunity to take it over will no longer be available.

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