By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

13th Dec, 2019 | 7:28pm

Exclusive: Paul Robinson names 'ideal' manager for Leeds if Bielsa misses promotion

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson thinks that Under-23s manager Carlos Corberan would be the ideal next manager for Leeds if they failed to win promotion and funding was cut. 

The current plan for Leeds is clear. Promotion to the Premier League this season, where the thinking is that Marcelo Bielsa would stay on for a crack at the English top-flight.

Leeds are top of the Championship after 21 games and 11 points clear of Fulham in third.

However, if Leeds slipped up and failed to get promoted, the fear is that Bielsa would leave and possibly owner Andrea Radrizzani too.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson praised the close links between Marcelo Bielsa and Corberan.

“It’s very important,” Robinson said. “The line of communication between the under 23s manager and the first-team manager is imperative because if the manager does all of a sudden have an injury, suspensions, he needs to know what he’s got.”

Some people see Corberan as the successor to Bielsa and Robinson thinks that he would be the ideal man to take over if the worst happens to Leeds this season.

“Experience-wise, at the top level, he’s probably not had enough but depending on what the chairman wants to do, if the chairman wants to cut the budget and bring youngsters through then he would be the ideal manager.

“It all depends on the chairman’s outlook for the future and what he wants to do. If we don’t go up to the Premier League and the manager leaves but there is still investment and funds there to go for the Premier League then probably not no.

“But if the funding’s going to be pulled and you’re going to have to bring kids through then he would be perfect.”

Corberan has done a brilliant job with the Under-23s, winning the PDL North title and the national play-offs last season.

A number of Under-23s players have made a successful transition through to the first team, such as Jamie Shackleton.

The ideal situation would be promotion and then Corberan learning under Bielsa until he is ready to leave.

Given time, we think he would make the ideal successor to Bielsa, but we don’t want it to happen anytime soon.

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