Could Leeds United bring back former sporting director Nicola Salerno?

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Nicola Salerno is leaving Watford and keen to work again in England. Could Leeds re-appoint him in his old role?

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Nicola Salerno has told Tuttomercatoweb he is leaving Watford at the end of the month.

The Italian worked at the club as a 'sports consultant', his first role at a Premier League team in England.

Salerno explained he departs with no hard feelings, and is keen to carry on working in the UK.

He said: "In one way or another I expect to stay in England."

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This raises the question of whether Leeds United could look to bring back Salerno, who worked for more than a season as the club's sporting director, after Massimo Cellino was appointed.

It is a role which Cellino has not yet filled since Salerno left last summer, but he told the Telegraph in April he wanted to fill the position 'imminently'.

He has evidently had little success, and old pal Salerno coming back onto the job market could prove tempting for both.

Salerno left Leeds under a little of a cloud, with The Mail reporting he resigned after bearing the brunt of fan criticism for firing Neil Redfearn's assistant Steve Thompson, a decision which was only made as Cellino was absent, suspended by the Football League.

Yet he ended on good terms, playing a key role in helping Leeds close the permanent transfer of Sol Bamba from Palermo, acting as an intermediary as a favour, before taking up his post at Watford.

Leeds United's Sol Bamba remonstrates with assistant refereeLeeds United's Sol Bamba remonstrates with assistant referee

Salerno has proven that he can work under Cellino, and vice versa, although his track record of signings at Leeds was mixed.

Mirco Antenucci proved a relative success and Gaetano Berardi has been excellent, but Tommasso Bianchi, Souleymane Doukara and Casper Sloth are among the names who failed to hit it off, while Giuseppe Bellusci is a polarising figure.

A return could mean more signings from Italy, which may not be new head coach Garry Monk's first choice, but if Cellino is determined to bring in a sporting director, he might well consider Salerno if he is indeed available again.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands


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