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Nicola Salerno quizzed over Leeds owner Cellino: Here's his response

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Former Leeds sporting director backed Cellino to be successful ahead of the fateful loss to Blackburn.

Leeds United's defeat to Blackburn on Thursday seemed to act as a sort of intervention for owner Massimo Cellino.

The home loss was overshadowed by constant fan chanting for the Italian to leave the club, and he seemed to get the message.

The BBC reported on Friday that he had agreed in principle to sell his majority stake to a fan consortium.

Yet just ahead of the loss, his former employee Nicola Salerno had backed him to still lead Leeds to success.

Salerno worked under Cellino last season as sporting director, departing in the summer, and gave an interview to Tuttomercatoweb ahead of the Blackburn game but only published latterly.

He said: "Cellino in Italy had done very well, with a different type of organization. What he did as President in Cagliari had an important significance.

"On the other hand, at Leeds he is still at the beginning, the results will come in the long run, for him, even in England."

It appears subsequently however that he has given up on his dream at Leeds. He told The BBC he had heard fan pleas for him to leave, and even on a personal level he was deeply unhappy.

Many of the players Salerno signed last summer did not pan out, with the pair learning the hard way that there are big differences in style between English and Italian football, and in quality between the second tiers, the Championship and Serie B.

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