Russell Crowe buying Championship club Leeds United?
"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife...and owner of Leeds United."
Hollywood A-Lister, Russell Crowe, star of 2000 hit Gladiator, has indicated that he is considering buying Championship side Leeds United.
The actor has asked even his 1.67m Twitter followers if buying the struggling club is a good idea.
But the idea is not that far fetched - the 50-year-old is a lifelong Leeds supporter.
The Elland Road side are owned by company Eleonora Sport Limited, but banned president Massimo Cellino has sold his personal stake in both the company and Leeds, and said yesterday he will not return to his role when his suspension ends on 10 April.
Crowe is currently part-owner of NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs, and was in Merseyside to watch their 39-0 World Club Challenge victory over St Helens on Sunday night.
Sam Burgess speaks with Rabbitohs co-owner Crowe at Langtree Park Sam Burgess speaks with Rabbitohs co-owner Crowe at Langtree Park According to BBC Sport, New Zealand-born Crowe would consider buying the club if he was approached and had the backing of fans.
Cellino, 58, was disqualified from ownership until 10 April by the Football League for failing their "fit and proper person's test" after he was found guilty of tax evasion in an Italian court last year.
He had said in January that he planned to resume his role at the club, but now intends to clear his name and fight the legality of his ban.
Massimo Cellino will not return to his role at Leeds Massimo Cellino will not return to his role at Leeds "At first I suggested that my intention was to resume in April the office of President of Leeds United Football Club after expiration of the disqualification term," he said in a statement on the club website.
"I will not do so and I had actually decided not to do so in January already, soon after the confirmation by the Football League of its verdict...
"All of the above leads me to reconfirm the decision already reached in January so that I may be free of defending myself as any normal citizen, and I will not hesitate to do so before any authority because of my honesty, my commitment and due care to the club for which I have already invested one year of hard work."
Leeds are 14th in the Championship, 10 points above the relegation zone.