The famous Leeds United fan has sent a long message on social media addressing previous rumours.
Australian actor and Leeds United supporter Russell Crowe has taken to Twitter to send a nine-part message regarding his previous consideration to mount a takeover bid at Elland Road.
The LA Confidential star sent Leeds fans into a frenzy back in February when – as reported by the BBC – he asked his Twitter followers if they thought it would be a good idea if he took over the Championship club.
The answer on social media was a unanimous ‘yes’ but nothing came of that and now Crowe has had his say in a series of messages posted to his 1.8million followers.
“These are my discoveries, my musings and my personal truth,” Crowe began. “I stand by my belief that Leeds United is a massive opportunity. When my trusted associates tested the idea we found multiple potential.
“I’m 51; I answered questions on a topic, a passion, I did not create the agenda.”
The avid Leeds fans then spoke about when he took over the South Sydney Rugby League team back in 2006 – an act that many Leeds fans hoped – in hindsight – was a precursor to doing something similar in England.
Alas it was not to be, and Crowe has now explained that his desire to spend more time with his children is one of the factors behind his decision not to go any further with the endeavour.
“Without my actual hands on the wheel in Leeds I cannot guarantee investors a return,” he added, before calling for Leeds’ supporters to stand up and be counted before signing off with the hashtag ‘Marching on together’.
It was a strange and unexpected collection of tweets that are sure to cause plenty of debate among Leeds supporters in the days ahead.
But whatever the future holds for the club under owner Massimo Cellino and manager Uwe Rosler, it seems Crowe has officially bowed out.
#2 I stand by my belief that LUFC is a massive opportunity. When my trusted associates tested the idea... We found multiple potential...— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 25, 2015
#3 ... I'm 51, I answered questions on a topic, a passion...I did not create the agenda... As you may well know...— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 25, 2015
#4 in 2006 I took over the 1908 formed South Sydney Rugby League team. 9 years of hard yakka later we broke a 43 year drought and won!!— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 25, 2015
#7 without my actual hands on the wheel in Leeds I can't guarantee investors a return. I've loved Leeds all my life. I will always.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 25, 2015
#8 I will not though steal anymore time from my children. It's that simple.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 25, 2015