Report: Salerno has not resigned from Leeds, refutes Cellino claims

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More from the ongoing saga at Leeds United.

Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has told Radio Yorkshire he has spoken to Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno about his future at the club.

Salerno suspended assistant boss Steve Thompson last week, only for rumours surrounding his own future to circulate ever since amid a fan backlash.

Giulianelli said: "I spoke with Salerno, Nicola Salerno is still sporting director of Leeds United. He didn't resign at all. Now he is in Italy, but just because it was the Easter holidays.

"He told me, oh, I am surprised by it. I am still the sporting director of Leeds United until I receive any communication (otherwise). He didn't resign this is 100%."

Peculiarly the source for the claims Salerno had resigned was none other than club owner Leeds United, who had told the Yorkshire Evening Post of the news.

It is yet another twist in a remarkable turn of events even for Leeds United, and there may be more to come.

Salerno worked under Cellino at Cagliari and is seen as his right hand man, but with the owner in Miami and the sporting director currently back in Italy, the pair do not appear to be on the same page.

Giulianelli told Radio Yorkshire that Salerno is still keen to make it work, but his relationship with the owner is off-kilter: "He is disappointed. (He said) tell Leeds fans don't give up on me. He is disappointed what is happening with Massimo Cellino. He is very determined to go on if Massimo Cellino wants him to remain sporting director."

The whole situation is confusing for fans to take in, with an owner and a sporting director telling various news outlets different things, with no official statement.

It is not helped by the Football League's suspension of Cellino, and chairman Andrew Umbers seemingly unable to exert any influence to keep it all together.

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