By Keith Ingham
Today, Wednesday the 25th of March on a BBC early morning news programme, actor and Rugby League team owner Russell Crowe reiterated again his impatience of his childhood football team Leeds United not achieving 'top flight' status he believes the fans deserve.
It's not like a lot of the rubbish rumours banded about usually on social media, this really does seem to have 'legs'. Mr Crowe without doubt has a bit of money behind him, his career on the silver screen has seen many 'Blockbusters' and a few that weren't but he is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood and it's very rare a year goes by without him having at least a couple of films out for the cinematic public.
His love of sport goes back to his younger days when in Australia he picked Leeds United as his favourite football team and watched them avidly on Match of the Day. The team back then in the seventies was of course at the forefront of British football but his affection towards 'his' club has not wained even if the fortunes of the team have. He sees them as we do - in a false position and is growing "impatient" that owner after owner do not do enough to improve the clubs standing.
He has previous of taking a lower ranked team to the top of their sport, the Australian Rugby League team the South Sydney Rabbitohs were in their second tier and Crowe, a big fan of the odd shaped ball invested a fair amount of his fortune into them and after years in the wilderness, last season they won the top division title followed very recently with a thrashing of Super League Champions St Helens 39-0 in their own backyard.
It has not gone unnoticed that he's not just mentioned Leeds United once, at the weekend on 'The Jonathan Ross' show he again mentioned his desire to be involved with his beloved football team and whenever he's been interviewed about his latest work 'The Water Diviner' Leeds United are usually in the questions asked of him.
Since Cellino took off to sit beside the pool or take a ride on his various yachts many rumours have circulated that he might have had enough of the situation the Football League seems set on continuing. One thing is clear they will scrutinise every judgement he is involved in. A dog with a bone most think.
Maybe just maybe Mr Cellino might think we are just not worth all the hassle he has received since his takeover.
Rumour or not one thing that is certain Russell Crowe wants the same as the fans, a successful team in the Premiership and if it happens I'll be among the first to say "You Beaut !".
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