Watford reportedly set to name Nicola Salerno as new sporting director

The former Leeds United man has been linked with Watford.

It was reported last week by TuttoUdinese that Watford have been searching around to appoint an Italian sporting director, and it has now been claimed by TMW that the Hornets are set to appoint Nicola Salerno in that role.

Salerno only left Leeds United today, as per the Yorkshire Evening Post, following a mutual termination of his contract, following months of speculation that he was set to leave.

He had reportedly resigned back in April due to the confusion surrounding the suspension of assistant head coach Steve Thompson, and it has now been confirmed that he has officially left Elland Road, despite having another year left on his contract.

He moved to Yorkshire following Massimo Cellino’s purchase of the club, and his last act in his role was to secure the permanent signing of Sol Bamba.

However, he could remain in England, with Salerno set to link up with newly promoted Premier League club Watford. The TMW report claims that he will take up the role of sporting director at Vicarage Road, as the Hornets look for the best recruitment team available to stay in the top flight.

Luke Dowling is currently in that role, and there are no indications as to whether Salerno will replace the Englishman, or whether they will work alongside one another, with Dowling focusing upon England and Salerno on foreign players.

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