It emerged this week that Leeds United may have a fight on their hands keeping a key member of their current coaching staff this summer. It appears under-23 boss and first-team coach Carlos Corberan is being targeted by Spanish side Cultural Leonesa.
As initially reported by Spanish journalist Angel Garcia on Twitter, the Yorkshire Evening Post has since confirmed interest in the highly-regarded boss. Leon Noticias have reported meetings between Corberan and the Spanish club, even suggesting an agreement was seemingly close.
The Aspire foundation linked Ivan Bravo, who is also on the board at Leeds, sees Corberan as a potentially excellent appointment. It comes after Corberan’s incredible season with the Leeds United under-23s.
But there is some good news for Leeds fans on the topic this morning. According to Diario De Leon, Corberan is only Bravo’s second choice for the role.
It is reported that Atletico Madrid B coach Oscar Fernandez is, in fact, Bravo’s number one choice.
Twist in the tale?
But there is a catch. Bravo is currently involved as part of a takeover deal for another Spanish side, Madrid based outfit Alcorcon.
The report suggests Bravo will want Fernandez there as well, potentially leaving Cultural open to appointing Corberan.
But here comes the twist. It is Bravo leading the chase for Corberan at Cultural. As reported by Radio Marca Leon, that might not be a problem for long.
They suggest Bravo may have to step down at Cultural because of his new role at Alcorcon. Cultural argue that his involvement at Alcorcon is personal. At Cultural, Bravo is simply a member of the Aspire Foundation who runs the club. Certainly sounds like a loophole. But the report claims he may still have to step down due to conflict of interest. It is hard to see how he can be involved at such high levels of two clubs in similar positions.
It is certainly becoming confusing. So right now it seems Leeds United have some time to convince Corberan that remaining at Elland Road is in his best interests long term.