By Anthony Onifade

1st Jun, 2023 | 7:40am

Leeds United to sound out Carlos Corberan release clause at West Brom as Elland Road hierarchy stunned

Leeds United are likely to sound out West Brom about Carlos Corberan’s release clause with the club hierarchy having huge admiration for him, according to The Mirror.

The Spaniard has done a tremendous job at the Hawthorns despite just falling short of the play-off places this season, steering the club away from relegation trouble and turning them into promotion contenders.

The Whites are on the hunt for a new manager following their relegation to the Championship and are likely to return to the West Brom table again to acquire Corberan’s services after their failed pursuit in February [Sky Sports, 7 February].

And according to The Mirror newspaper [31 May, page 55], Leeds United want to have discussions with Corberan about taking the managerial post from Sam Allardyce who is unlikely to remain at the helm following his four-game spell.

“Leeds have Carlos Corberan on their list of targets to be their next boss.

“Leeds are likely to talk to him, they like Corberan, who is regarded as one of the Championship’s best young managers having worked miracles at Huddersfield.

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“Corerban signed a new deal at The Hawthorns to fend off Leeds interest, but they are like to sound out West Brom about any potential release clause.”

Silly not to pursue

The Spaniard has indeed done a terrific job in the West Midlands taking the club from relegation strugglers to play-off contention, ultimately finishing three points adrift of the top six in ninth place.

Indeed, Corberan’s record as manager certainly makes for good reading, winning 17 of his 33 games in charge and also holding an outstanding home record at The Hawthorns.

With Leeds United certainly looking at a swift Premier League return by this time next season, it is imperative the club seek out candidates who have experience getting teams to such lofty positions.

Corberan was so close at both Huddersfield and West Brom and may find himself third time lucky at a club he knows so well having worked under Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road a few years back.

West Brom are in a real state of flux right now, with plenty of uncertainty regarding their ability to strengthen in the upcoming transfer window and their dreadful ownership position which may force Corberan to seek assurances elsewhere.

Corberan is indeed a highly-rated coach and Leeds United will be silly not to pursue his services, or better yet activate his release clause at The Hawthorns. The Spaniard is the kind of manager that could finally build something special at Elland Road, an incredibly attractive proposition.

In other Leeds United news, one youngster wants to quit Elland Road to play at a Premier League club next season.