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Who next at Leeds United?

The bookies currently have the West Brom manager, Carlos Corberan, as the favourite to be the next Leeds United manager following on from Jesse Marsch’s sacking earlier today.

The odds for Corberan to be the next manager at Elland Road currently stand at 3/1, partly due to him previously managing the under 23’s side for three years and being deputy to Marcelo Bielsa when they won promotion to the Premier League so he would know the club well if he were to get the job.

Corberan’s teams are well-known for their attractive style of football, and he is good at working with youngsters, so he would fit well with Leeds’s philosophies.

He has an impressive record at West Bromwich Albion in the Sky Bet Championship so far, as he currently has a win ratio of 68% and has won 10 out of his last 13 games there, which has guided them into the play-off positions.

So, with the Baggies doing well under his leadership at the minute, it may be somewhat of a risk jumping ship now so he might need some persuading to re-join Leeds.

But he has also had success at Huddersfield Town when he got them to the Championship play-off final in 2022 which proves that he is a talented young manager and wanting to progress up the divisions.

So far this season at West Brom, he has only conceded 14 goals out of 16 games and Leeds badly need to stop shipping goals so it could be a worthwhile appointment.

However, the leap between the Championship and the Premier League is now greater than ever before, and as many other managers have failed to make the jump in the past, for example Nathan Jones who is struggling at Southampton, you could say the jury remains out on Corberan.

If Corberan does become the new Leeds manager, then he is likely to adopt the 4-2-3-1 formation like he has set up West Brom recently.

However, Corberan is not the only potential candidate to be the new Leeds United manager.

Recently, Rafa Benitez has had his hat thrown into the ring which has had a mixed reaction among Leeds supporters.

Despite Benitez’s struggles at Everton, some would argue that he was always destined to fail because of his connections with arch-rivals Liverpool.

He turned out to be very successful with the Reds, winning the Champions League in 2005 in that famous comeback against AC Milan and finished second in the Premier League one season.

Benitez has also won the Europa League while he was interim manager at Chelsea, won the Championship with Newcastle and has had other high-profile spells at clubs like Real Madrid and Napoli.

However, his style of football is known for not being very pretty, with defending taking priority with him, but if you want short-term success then Leeds should look no further.

But some Leeds fans are also talking about the possibility of Marcelo Bielsa making a shock return to the club, just a year after being sacked by them.

Despite the manner in which he left last season, he remains very popular with a section of the Leeds supporters due to his achievements there in his first few seasons.

He had previously won the Championship at Elland Road and guided the club to 9th in the Premier League which was the highest position they achieved since 2002 when they finished 5th under David O’Leary.

The Leeds fans fell in love with Bielsa’s exciting, high-press brand of football which was very successful in his first few seasons at the club.

However, this style of play brought with it an element of risk and critics suggested that it meant the defence was too exposed at the back which partly led to his sacking.

What do you think?