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2 pros and 2 cons to Leeds United sealing managerial reunion with EFL man

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Following the sacking of Jesse Marsch, Leeds United are of course, now searching for a new head coach.

A number of names have been linked with the role, as the Elland Road club seemingly look to move quickly to bring in a replacement for the American.

One potential candidate who appears to have been identified as a potential replacement for Marsch, is Carlos Corebran, who is currently in charge of Championship side West Brom.

But would the Spaniard be a good option for the Whites to bring in to take charge going forward?

Here, we’ve taken a look at two pros and two cons to this potential appointment, in order find out.

Pro: Familiar face

It is of course, no secret that Corberan has worked with Leeds before, having previously been assistant to Marcelo Bielsa during his time in charge at Elland Road.

That of course, means that it would likely not take long for the 39-year-old to settle back into life at the club, given he already ought to be familiar with the ways things are run behind the scenes.

As a result, he would be in a position to make a quick start at the club, while his connection to such a memorable period in the club’s history, means he would likely also be a popular choice in terms of getting the backing of supporters.

Pro: An immediate impact

Given they are 17th in the Premier League table, only outside the relegation zone on goal difference, and winless in their last seven in the league, it feels as though Leeds need someone who can make a fast start.

As a result, Corberan’s recent record does make him an appealing prospect. When he took over West Brom back in October, the Baggies were 23rd in the Championship table, having won just twice in 16 league games up until that point.

Since then however, West Brom have won ten of 13 league matches, a run that has seen them climb into the play-off places under Corberan, highlighting the quick turnaround he is capable of overseeing at a club, meaning he may be just what Leeds are looking for in that respect.

Con: A lack of Premier League experience

One thing that may be a concern for Leeds as they consider a move for Corberan, is the fact he has never actually managed in the Premier League before.

That of course, is something that can be seen as a risk with any manager in that position when they are being considered for a job such as this, since it is never clear whether they will manage to cope with the demands of such a high quality.

Indeed, Corberan’s brief experience of top-flight management in Greece earlier this season – he was sacked after just two wins in 11 games as Olympiacos manager – means it arguably remains to be seen if he can do what is required at this level, which could mean Leeds are taking a big gamble in their position.

Con: Negotiating period

Given the impact that Corberan has had since he took over at The Hawthorns, there can be no denying the fact that West Brom are not going to want to lose him if at all possible.

Indeed, with the Spaniard having signed a contract with the Baggies until the summer of 2025 when he took charge, they may not feel under a great deal of pressure when it comes to interest from elsewhere.

As a result, Leeds may have to work hard to come to an agreement with the club if they are to bring Corberan to Elland Road, which could eat into valuable time they need for the Spaniard to do his job and turn things around in the final stages of this season.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.