Confirmed: Nicola Salerno leaves Elland Road, mutual agreement reached

Leeds United have confirmed the departure of sporting director Nicola Salerno.

Leeds United have confirmed on their official website that Sporting Director Nicola Salerno has left the club by mutual consent.

Salerno, 58, arrived at Leeds last summer, following president Massimo Cellino to Elland Road as part of the Italian revolution in West Yorkshire.

Salerno has used his Italian contacts to great effect, helping bring the likes of Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Bellusci, Sol Bamba and Mirco Antenucci to the club during his stint as Sporting Director.

However, Salerno's time at the club turned sour in April, as he suspended Neil Redfearn's assistant manager Steve Thompson with seemingly little explanation, as confirmed on the club's official website.

Fans turned on Salerno as a result, and his departure has long been expected, with Tutto Mercato Web recently reporting that Palermo are interested in handing Salerno a return to Italy.

The right decision?

Cellino may still be calling the shots, but the Italian influence didn't really help Leeds much last season, and with Adam Pearson now on board to assist Cellino, Salerno's services are no longer required.

Salerno's relationship with the Leeds fans is far from healthy after the Thompson saga, and it's best for him to move on and seek a new challenge elsewhere.

For Leeds fans, it may give them hope that Cellino is making the right decisions this summer - which is a huge bonus ahead of the new season.

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