“Too hard to turn down” – Leeds United consider move for West Brom key figure to replace Jesse Marsch: The verdict

This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch is under pressure at the helm of the Premier League club at the moment as the Yorkshire club hover one position above the relegation places. 

As per a report from the Daily Mail, West Brom boss Carlos Corberan will be considered by the Elland Road hierarchy if they were to part company with Marsch. 

Corberan, 39, is highly regarded by senior officials at Leeds after spending time as a coach under Marcelo Bielsa. 

The young manager thrived during a stint with Huddersfield Town, leading the Terriers to the play-off final last time out, whilst he has made a positive impact at The Hawthorns in a short space of time.

Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts on Corberan and whether or not he would represent a good appointment from the Leeds hierarchy…

Billy Mulley 

Corberan is a fantastic Championship manager and deserves to be associated with Premier League jobs but a move to Leeds would come with its risks. 

The Whites are currently denied a spot in the relegation places because of goal difference and bringing in a manager with no top-flight experience has to be deemed a risk.

Entering a part of the season where results start becoming increasingly important, Corberan would be under pressure from minute one you would think. 

Corberan is undoubtedly a good manager and there is every chance he would be a success at Elland Road, but ultimately, he is thriving with the Baggies and promotion to the top flight is an achievable target in the Midlands.

As tempting as a Premier League offer would be, especially at a club where he is admired, it would represent too much of a risk in my eyes. 

Adam Jones 

He doesn’t exactly have top-tier experience under his belt – but at 39 and having made such a difference at The Hawthorns – he could be an excellent long-term solution.

His time at Olympiacos didn’t work out – but he has shown enough in English football to suggest that he may be ready to take the step up.

Having also spent time at Leeds United previously and knowing West Yorkshire well, he could easily make an instant impact at Elland Road.

With Sean Dyche no longer available, someone like Corberan could be useful and you feel he could be tempted by this potential move considering a Premier League job offer may not come up in the future.

He resigned from his job at Huddersfield in the summer though and won’t want to be known as a quitter, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he stayed put even if he received an approach from the Whites.

Brett Worthington

It seems to make sense for all parties involved.

Obviously, Carlos Corberan and Leeds United have history, as the Spaniard worked at the club under former manager Marcelo Bielsa. If the Premier League club is genuine about their interest in Corberan and pursues an appointment, they would be going after a very good manager and one who, if not now, could soon be managing in the top flight either way.

Corberan has the potential to be an exciting appointment for Leeds; he is the type of manager who likes to play attacking free-flow football with lots of possession and would entertain the Leeds fans. There clearly would be a risk to this deal as Corberan has never managed in the Premier League, but considering what he’s done at Huddersfield Town and West Brom in the short time he’s been there and his links to Leeds, you can understand why they are interested.

If Leeds do make it clear they want Corberan, then I think the Spaniard would be very tempted to depart the Hawthorns and move to Leeds. It is not every day you get an opportunity to manage in the Premier League and manage a team like Leeds, so it will definitely be one too hard to turn down.


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