Leeds United fan group set to approach Russell Crowe over club investment

Leeds LLP, a group that supports fan ownership of Leeds United, has confirmed they will approach New Zealand actor Russell Crowe in order to hold face-to-face talks regarding his possible investment in the club.

The Oscar-winner has been a life-long Leeds fan and recently caused a social media storm when he asked his 1.69 million Twitter followers whether or not he should buy the club.

Responding to a message on Twitter imploring him to buy Leeds United, Crowe responded: “Anyone else think this is a good idea?”

The response was immediate and overwhelmingly positive.

Crowe’s affection for Leeds dates back to his schooldays, when he used to watch editions of the BBC’s Match of the Day. He adopted the club as his favorite team while they were enjoying the greatest period in their history under former manager Don Revie.

Leeds LLP contacted Crowe shortly-after the actor created the social media storm, with the group stating the Oscar-winner had asked them to watch a six-episode show of the work he has done as co-owner of the National Rugby League side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Today, the group released a statement detailing its desire to meet with Crowe face-to-face regarding ownership of Leeds United.

“We have contacted the South Sydney Rabbitohs to try and track down the six-part show that Russell mentioned in his tweets,” the statement read.

“Russell is back in the UK next month and we will try to get a face-to-face to see if we can get something more concrete from him.”

Should Crowe actively pursue an investment in the club, he would be able to use Leeds LLP as a vehicle.

LLP is limited liability partnership which will invite Leeds supporters to become partners by buying stakes worth £100. A maximum of 100,000 stakes are to be made available to fans able to buy up to 1,000; which each stake worth one vote.

Leeds have been dogged by off-field problems in recent seasons and have had a succession of managers since president Massimo Cellino sold his personal stake in the Championship side, as well as the company which owns the club, Eleonora Sport Limited.

Leeds are currently 16th on the Sky Bet Championship table.

 

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