Carlos Corberan signs new West Brom contract after growing frustrated with Leeds United
Carlos Corberan signed a new West Brom contract because he had grown “frustrated” with the stance of Leeds United, The Mirror reports.
The former Marcelo Bielsa assistant was in the running to become the new Whites manager after Jesse Marsch was sacked Monday (6 February), a day after losing 1-0 at Nottingham Forest.
But the Spaniard took himself out of the race on Tuesday night by agreeing a new contract at the Hawthorns, despite only arriving at the Championship side in October, and it was reportedly in part down to the Elland Road club.
According to the Mirror late on Tuesday night (7 February): “Elland Road officials were keen on former Leeds Under-23 coach Corberan for the vacancy to replace sacked American coach Jesse Marsch.
“But Baggies boss Corberan signed a contract extension at The Hawthorns until 2027 on Tuesday night after getting frustrated with Leeds’ stance.”
Mail+ had reported earlier on Tuesday that the former Elland Road assistant was “keen” on a return, with Andrea Radrizzani a particular fan.
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It may be that Corberan would have been happy to take the job if he was contacted as the top candidate immediately, which it appeared he was in line for on early indications in the hours after Marsch was removed, or offered a substantial enough deal.
The 39-year-old was pretty universally seen as an option which the Whites board were interested in, but as more names came out there was a suggestion that they wanted more experience if they could get it.
How that meshes with legendary Spanish forward Raul being involved in the race [AS, 6 February] is hard to tell, with the 45-year-old yet to manage a senior side or leave Real Madrid.
It is believed that the club did not seriously go in for the former goalscorer [Mo Ibrahim, 7 February], but it may be that Corberan heard some the names he was up against and what Leeds United were prepared to offer him and believed he wasn’t being taken seriously enough.
Either way, it would have been a battle to get West Brom to let him go since he has lifted them out of a relegation battle and into the play off places in less than four months.
So it certainly makes sense for them to give him whatever he wanted to stay, and leaves the Whites to move onto other candidates, with Andoni Iraola now thought to be the leading name.
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