Russell Crowe linked with Leeds United takeover

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Hollywood star Russell Crowe has once again been linked to an unlikely takeover of Championship club Leeds United.

Crowe claims to be a lifelong supporter of the Yorkshire club and, recently ahead of the release of his latest film, spoke to reporters about rumours suggesting he is prepared to make a move to assume control of the club.

"I've followed Leeds since I was a little kid," Crowe in an interview with BBC Five Live last week.

"I used to come home from sport in the afternoon, me and my brother, and watch Match of the Day.

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

Despite being best known for his Hollywood roles, Crowe is the owner of an Australian sports team. The South Sydney Rabbitohs won the NRL Championship for the first time in 43 years in October and recently beat Super League side St Helens to become world champions.

In recent times Leeds have made the headlines on numerous occasions with regards club ownership. Italian Massimo Cellino, who bought Leeds from Bahrain investment firm Gulf Finance House Capital in December 2013, is currently disqualified from running the club.

Leeds' future has been cast into doubt since Cellino was ordered by the Football League to sell his controlling stake in the club because of his conviction in Italy for tax evasion.

The club were hit with more bad news when chief operating officer Matt Child quit his role at the club with immediate effect and there is a desperate requirement for some stability at Elland Road.

Leeds fans: do you want Russell Crowe to become the new owner of your club?

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