Next Leeds Utd manager: Sky Sports man drops major news on No 1 pick to succeed Jesse Marsch

Carlos Corberan, Jorge Alarcon, West Brom, October 2022

Sky Sports have released an update on the future of the Leeds United manager’s job, with one candidate taking the lead after Jesse Marsch got the sack.

It’s a tough time for the Whites, and that’s not something that’s been limited to this season. Indeed, last term, after they finished ninth on their return to the top flight, things soon went downhill.

Marcelo Bielsa’s style of football, which had served him so well previously, became much less effective.

That put Leeds in a tough spot, fighting relegation. In February 2022, Bielsa was replaced by American coach Marsch, who struggled, but just about kept the club afloat.

Indeed, the Whites finished 17th under Marsch, three points clear of the final relegation place. The summer saw prized asset Raphinha sold to Barcelona, hurting the Whites’ chances of success this term.

In 20 Premier League games so far, they’ve managed to win just four. That’s got them right back down at the bottom end of the table, in 17th, and level on points with 18th-placed Everton.

That, coupled with the fact their last league win came in November, has contributed to Marsch’s downfall. Indeed, it seems the club think now is the right time make a change that could save their season, as Marsch has been given the boot.

Leeds will want to move quickly to get the right man in place, to give them the best chance of making that happen.

Leeds expected to move fast

That’s an opinion which is shared by Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton.

“What I will say is that Leeds will have a contingency plan. They had a contingency plan when Marcelo Bielsa left the club a year ago, Jesse Marsch was appointed very quickly, they will have a contingency plan again,” he said on Sky Sports.

“So they will have their candidate in mind and I expect them to move pretty quickly on this.”

That’ll be music to the ears of Leeds fans. While they’ll not take much enjoyment from the fact they’re in this tough spot, at least it seems they’ll be giving themselves the best chance of getting out of it by quickly appointing who they feel is the right man.

Corberan emerges as top candidate

Thornton has reinforced an earlier report on who the right man might be. Indeed, the Daily Mail reported before it was confirmed Marsch had been sacked that Carlos Corberan was the man in line to take the job.

Thornton’s intel seems to suggest that the West Brom manager is at the head of the pile at the moment.

“The one name that’s being linked at the moment is a familiar name to Leeds United fans, it’s Carlos Corberan, who was part of the set up at Leeds when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge. He coached the under-21s before being promoted to work alongside Bielsa,” he said.

“He then went to Huddersfield and had a lot of success there before going to Olympiacos and then onto West Brom where he’s hit the ground running and done really good things there.

“Of course, he’s in a job at the moment so it remains to be seen whether Leeds will make an approach for him but he’s the one name that’s really emerged as an early frontrunner for this job.”

Finding a manager that fit the culture of the club seemed to be a necessity when Bielsa was sacked. It would be surprising if the same was not the case this time around.

As such, Corberan, a man who both worked at the club and learnt from one of its most beloved managers, will be a welcome option to a lot of people.

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