By Anthony Onifade

8th Feb, 2023 | 5:35pm

Leeds United could have appointed Carlos Corberan quickly before Manchester United, decided against

Leeds United could have appointed West Brom manager Carlos Corberan before the Manchester United game on Wednesday night, but director of football Victor Orta wasn’t convinced, according to The Mail+.

The Whites have been on the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Jesse Marsch on Monday, with an 18-month contract even discussed for the West Brom boss at Elland Road.

And they were dealt a blow on Tuesday evening after their reported number one target Corberan signed a contract extension at West Brom (90min, 7 February).

And according to reports in The Mail+ [8 February], the Whites could have secured their man in time for him to take the stands at Old Trafford during their derby meeting on Wednesday, but Orta was not convinced about the Spaniard’s ability to transform the club’s fortunes.

The report goes on to state that the Spaniard could still return to the club at some point in the future, however.

No point dallying

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Corberan could well have represented an intelligent appointment for the Whites, considering his knowledge of the club having worked at Elland Road for a few years and his ability to quickly transform difficult situations.

The Spaniard has undergone a stark renaissance at the Hawthorns, turning the club from relegation candidates into playoff ones in a matter of just a few months. And his decision to continue his stay in West Midlands was certainly understandable.

Reports stating that Orta wasn’t convinced about Corberan are incredibly baffling considering his impressive work at Huddersfield Town last year and currently at the Baggies.

However, there is no point dallying on what could or could not have been for the Whites, as Orta and his team certainly have a big decision to make on who becomes the club’s next manager. Their Premier League status come the end of May certainly depends on this decision.

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