Dean Ashton has told Football League World that Leeds United’s Under-23 manager Carlos Corberan is the perfect replacement for Marcelo Bielsa, should the Argentine leave his post at Elland Road.
There are concerns that if Leeds fail to gain promotion to the Premier League come May, then former Argentina and Athletic Bilbao boss Bielsa may look to move on.
Bielsa has a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2020, after signing a two-year deal last summer. He has guided the Whites to third place in the Championship table, just a point behind Sheffield United.
Former England striker Ashton was asked if Corberan would be a good replacement, after he guided the Under-23 side to the Professional Development League North title earlier this week.
“Well I think we’re more than quick enough to bring in managers and coaches who are working in the youth levels in Germany for example,” Ashton said, when asked if Corberan is suited.”So why not promote them in this country?
“I don’t think people like him should be overlooked simply because he’s working with the U23s and I think it says a lot about the club behind the scenes that all the young players are getting picked.
“They’re doing something right at Leeds and if you’re going to have a lot of young players in the team. The fans will be hoping that it doesn’t go that way, though, because they’ll want to get promoted and then Bielsa will stay.”
Ashton is bang on. Corberan has worked in the shadow of Bielsa for the past season, and knows how he should get the team to play.
He knows the work Bielsa puts in to study opposition players and tactics, he knows what players would be suited to Leeds in the transfer window – he knows how to get the best out of the Leeds players. The Leeds players like him, too.
For Bielsa to leave, fans would be gutted. But Corberan replacing the Argentine would soften the blow. It would be like Gareth Southgate managing England after thriving with the Under-21’s.