Leeds looking to Celtic scout David Moss for key role

Elland Road

Celtic head scout David Moss has been earmarked for the role of Sporting Director at Elland Road as the signs suggest Nicola Salerno is on his way out.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Leeds United have spoken to 48-year-old Moss this week with regards to the seemingly vacant position of Sporting Director at Elland Road. The position was held by Nicola Salerno - a long-time confidant of Leeds' returning president and owner Massimo Cellino - last season but Salerno appears to have resigned his position in the wake of the Steve Thompson controversy, which he is believed to have been responsible for.

Leeds fans will be encouraged by the approach to a senior employee with good knowledge of the British game, given the mixed success of the string of foreign signings recruited by Cellino and Salerno last summer, mainly from the Italian market.

Moss has previously been responsible for the academies at both Crystal Palace and Swansea City, and has worked for the Scottish champions since 2010. This follows an extensive playing career in England and Scotland which came to an end in 2003 and took in spells at Doncaster Rovers, Chesterfield, Dunfermline and Swansea.

The move to speak to Moss is the first of many off-field issues Cellino has to deal with, not least of which is the future of head coach Neil Redfearn.

More encouragement for Leeds fans, though, is the suggestion that Cellino has held out an olive branch to suspended assistant head coach Steve Thompson in the past week. This would suggest that Thompson could possibly be awarded his job back - if he wanted it - and would also be an indication that Redfearn is in a strong position to get the contract extension he desires.

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