Reported Leeds United target Carlos Corberan has signed a contract extension as West Brom head coach after links to the Premier League club.
Spaniard Corberan was part of Leeds fan favourite Marcelo Bielsa’s backroom staff amid the Argentine’s spell at Elland Road.
Corberan subsequently took a head coach role at rivals Huddersfield Town, guiding them to the Championship play-off final in 2022 before resigning amid reported disagreements with the club’s board.
Jesse Marsch’s dismissal by Leeds on Monday created speculation the Whites would move to bring in Corberan, who has taken West Brom from second-bottom in the Championship to the play-off positions since his appointment in October.
Leeds majority owner Andrea Radrizzani told supporters on Tuesday a decision would soon arrive, posting on Twitter: “We are on it ….hopefully white smoke by tonight or [tomorrow] morning”
But West Brom swiftly dispelled talk of Corberan leaving, posting a teasing clip from British television series Happy Valley that said: “Why’s everyone saying you are going to Leeds when you’re not?”
“I am pleased to have secured a contract extension. I have been made to feel welcome at this great club.
I would like to thank my staff, the players, and our fantastic supporters for their help in making my time here so positive.” @CarlosCorberan | #WBA pic.twitter.com/mPkRt7SvV4
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) February 7, 2023
“I have enjoyed my time at Albion, and I am pleased to have secured a contract extension,” Corberan told the club’s official website upon confirmation of his new deal until June 2027.
“I believe that success can only be achieved when everyone works together and the way I have been made to feel welcome at this great club has made me confident that this is the right place for me.
“It is important to me that we do not let this moment distract us from our target, which is to ensure we improve every day, making the team more and more competitive for the challenges ahead.
“My focus is always on earning a positive result in our next game and we are working hard to achieve that at Birmingham City on Friday night.”
Feyenoord manager Arne Slot and Rayo Vallecano Andoni Iraola are among the reported favourites for the Leeds head coach vacancy.