Former Sheffield Wednesday hero takes 'consultancy' role at Leeds United

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Benito Carbone confirmed the news on his Twitter account yesterday and now the club have verified it.

After weeks of rumours over the apparently imminent appointment of Italian Benito Carbone as director of football at Leeds United the club have now confirmed that he has indeed started working with the club as a 'consultant'.

Here is the official statement as posted on the Leeds United official website earlier today:

"The club are delighted to announce that Benito Carbone has joined the club in a consultant position and will deal with technical and football operations.

The former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford City, Derby County and Middlesbrough midfielder will be involved with all football matters, including both the first team and the Academy."

Carbone, who was famous during his time in England for a fiery temper and an equally as explosive strike, has previous experience of working in Yorkshire with his time at Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City. His appointment has however seen many papers cast doubt over the future of Brian McDermott as a consequence.

So what does Carbone bring to the club?

He has coached Italian sides Pavia, Varese and Vallee d'Aoste since retiring from football and was linked with the Wednesday job earlier in the season.

However it seems his appointment is not as an eventual replacement for McDermott. New owner Massimo Cellino is most likely after somebody who can provide a link between him and the club. Carbone, an Italian with inside knowledge of football in the area, is the perfect option for this role.

Of course if McDermott does lose his job, you can expect to see Carbone stepping into the void quick sharp.

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