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The appointment of Leo Percovich as coach reunited a fans’ favourite with a club he holds dear to his heart.

The 50-year-old Uruguayan forged a lasting bond with Teesside and its people when he was part of the coaching team under Aitor Karanka that won promotion in 2016.

Richly experienced, following time with Colorado Rapids, Cruzeiro, Real Madrid and Valencia among others, as well as the national sides of Brazil, France and his native country, Leo has coached with different age groups, taking his passion across continents.

Tragedy struck his family at Christmas 2017 when one of his daughters was killed in a car crash that involved the whole family. A week later Leo’s eldest daughter also tragically succumbed to the injuries she suffered that fateful day.

Leo and his family have received support from around the world as they rebuild their lives, not least from Boro fans who gave him an emotional welcome when he was over the for the game against Aston Villa at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Leo’s most recent role before returning to the Riverside was at Brazilian side Fluminese, where he was assistant coach.