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A crossroads for Leeds United's Salerno as Palermo vacancy emerges

The future for Leeds United's Nicola Salerno remains unclear, could he yet be tempted back to Italy.

The future for sporting director Nicola Salerno appears no clearer at Leeds United than it was a week ago.

Owner Massimo Cellino had told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Salerno had resigned, but this has not yet been addressed by the club.

Salerno courted controversy by signing off on a decision to suspend popular assistant coach Steve Thompson, and the club have lost four games in a row ever since.

Now a vacancy at Palermo in Italy could yet muddle the situation further.

Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed this week that sporting director Franco Ceravolo had left the club by mutual consent despite there still being time left to run on his contract.

Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb reported in late March that Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini was attempting to persuade Salerno to leave Leeds to take up a position with the Serie A side. The report noted that Salerno was unconvinced, but was keen on a return to Italy.

With his future at Leeds uncertain, this could be a case of perfect timing for all parties, but for any new role to be taken on, Salerno would need clarity on his situation at the Championship club.

Palermo do have alternatives however. Gazzetta dello Sport have tipped Palermo to make an internal promotion of their head of academy Dario Baccin, but two notoriously unpredictable owners in play in Massimo Cellino and Maurizio Zamparini, this could well be one to watch.

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