Leeds United: Italian connection can bring success – Mirco

Mirco Antenucci.

Mirco Antenucci.

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Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci claims the combination of club owner Massimo Cellino and sporting director Nicola Salerno is a “guarantee” of success at Elland Road.

Antenucci believes the Italian influence brought to Leeds by Cellino’s takeover will help to end United’s 10-year stay in the Football League.

Cellino – the former Cagliari president – secured a 75 per cent stake in Leeds in April and brought Salerno with him to Yorkshire after employing Salerno as his sporting director for several years in Sardinia.

The pair delivered 15 signings during the summer transfer window, including Antenucci from Catania and numerous other Italy-based players.

Leeds resume their season at Rotherham United tomorrow, lying 14th in the Championship.

Antenucci said: “We’ll try to raise (the club) again, the Italians. The president Cellino has great expertise and important ambitions, and the sporting director Salerno is a guarantee.”

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