Russell Crowe Voices His Impatience With Leeds United, Wants To See Them Back At The Top
Hollywood superstar and Leeds United fan Russel Crowe told BBC Radio 5 Live how impatient he's become with regards to the club he loves.
Crowe took over an Australian Rugby League side, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, 9 years ago and has since turned their fortunes around in a positive way. He spoke candidly about Leeds United, not just as a celebrity fan, but a sports club owner…
"I followed Leeds since I was a little kid. I used to come home from sport in the afternoon, me and my brother, and watch Match of the Day. We're talking about a period of time in Australia when we had very few TV channels.
I love the club. I want nothing but success for the club, but like many other Leeds fans and probably 99.9%, I'm getting a little impatient. Some of your listeners may not know that I own a rugby league team in Australia, which again was my childhood team and they were a champion team when I was younger. And they'd fallen into a state of disarray and they were perennial losers.
So nine years ago, I put my checkbook where my mouth is and bought the club. And step by step changing the culture, changing the merchandise, changing the player roster, changing the coaching staff, changing the administrative staff, and changing our connection to our community, we've risen from being perennial losers to being competitive, dominant, and now we're champions.
I know when it comes to sport that it's not necessarily about money. It's about culture, and I have learned a lot in nine years. And it would give me nothing but pleasure to see that white army marching on together, getting back into the Premiership and being back where they should be."