Garry Monk responds to Russell Crowe Twitter message about Leeds promotion bid
By Alex Stevens
Leeds manager Garry Monk has expressed his approval for the support of Hollywood actor Russell Crowe.
The movie star and lifelong fan of the Yorkshire giants took to Twitter on Wednesday to urge Leeds to secure the three wins they need to clinch a play-off spot.
“Come on Leeds,” said Australia-based Crowe on Wednesday on his personal Twitter account to his 2.6million followers. “Three from three. Let’s get this s*** done.”
The rallying call was put to Monk at his media conference on Thursday to preview Saturday’s Championship to relegation strugglers Burton.
“Good man,” said the 38-year-old of Crowe’s support, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Leeds News presenter Mark Kielesz-Levine.
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— Mark Kielesz-Levine (@MarkLevine7) April 20, 2017
The Yorkshire giants fell out of the top six for the first time in months on Monday when they slipped to a shock 1-0 Championship defeat to Wolves at Elland Road.
Monk admitted his side were well below par in a first-half display that demonstrated how the team had fallen below the high standards they have set this season.
Nevertheless, Monk’s side remain firmly in play-off shake-up and are seventh in the table and only behind sixth-placed Fulham, who beat Aston Villa 3-1 on Monday, on goal difference.
Crowe’s comments will chime with those of many Leeds fans ahead of what promises to be a nailbiting final three matches of the Championship campaign.
The club are next in action on Saturday when they travel to relegation strugglers Burton ahead of a home match against Norwich and a final-day trip to Wigan.
Leeds will be certain to clinch a play-off spot if they win all three of those matches and increase their points tally from 73 to 82.
Crowe, best known for his portrayal of Maximus in Gladiator, is a lifelong Leeds fan and in 2015 explored the possibility of purchasing the club.
Crowe has spoken passionately about his “love” for Leeds and his support dates back to the 1970s, while he currently owns the Australian rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs.
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