West Brom look for Carlos Corberan replacements as Leeds United expect to name new boss for Manchester United return
West Brom are now looking for potential replacements for Leeds United “priority” Carlos Corberan with a new manager expected before Sunday, 90min reports.
Just over four hours after the club announced the departure of Jesse Marsch they put out a further statement that the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Wednesday (8 February) would see Michael Skubala, Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas take joint charge.
But with Erik ten Hag’s side due back at Elland Road in the very next match on Sunday (12 February) the Whites expect to have a new permanent boss in place before then, with movement apparently occurring with regards to Victor Orta favourite Corberan at the Hawthorns.
The report from 90min on Monday evening (6 February) says: “90min understands Leeds expect to have appointed their new permanent boss by the time the two teams meet again on Sunday.
“Carlos Corberan is Leeds’ priority target to succeed Marsch. The 39-year-old has impressed at West Brom since his appointment in 2022 and has the Baggies in contention for a Championship play-off spot, with Leeds sporting director Victor Orta a big admirer.
“West Brom are already looking at potential replacements should they lose Corberan to Leeds.”
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The Whites were tipped to move fast in replacing Marsch after pulling the plug on the American’s time in charge on Monday afternoon, but it hasn’t come fast enough to be sorted in time for the next game.
A new manager bounce would have been particularly helpful for the double-header against Manchester United so it is disappointing that it will be a makeshift management team for the first of the two games.
A number of names have been linked to the vacant role, including Ralph Hasenhuttl, Kjetil Knutsen [i News, 6 February] and Rafael Benitez [Guardian, 6 February], but Corberan has been the name above all so far.
He was highly-rated from his time in charge of Huddersfield and has done an incredible job of rescuing West Brom’s season.
And with his time under Marcelo Bielsa making him familiar to the decision-makers at Elland Road it is understandable that he would be in the frame.
If the Baggies are now moving to make contingency plans of their own there must be a serious chance that the Spaniard is in line to be tasked with rescuing a second side from a relegation battle in the same season.
The appointment needs to be the right one of course, but the quicker the decision is made and implemented the better for this club.
In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on the club’s pursuit of Corberan.