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West Brom can land their own Bielsa in Corberan

West Brom have already begun interviewing candidates to replace Steve Bruce at the Hawthorns, with former Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberan one of the first to speak to Ron Gourlay about the vacant post.

The Athletic claim that the 39-year-old has already been interviewed about taking over at the Hawthorns, and would be free to take over immediately after he left Olympiacos earlier in the summer.

The Spaniard came to prominence with Huddersfield Town as he led the Terriers to last season’s Championship playoff final against all odds before they ultimately fell against Nottingham Forest at the final hurdle.

During his spell with the Yorkshire side, Corberan would take charge of 102 matches, winning 39, drawing 27 and losing 36 with a points-per-game average of 1.41.

This is an improvement on Bruce’s 1.13 points-per-game average at the Hawthorns, which is even more impressive given the respective size of the clubs and the strength of their squads.

After that impressive season, he would leave the John Smith’s Stadium before joining Olympiacos but would take charge of just 11 games for the Greek side, of which he won four, drew four and lost three.

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While it didn’t work out for Corberan in Greece, the tactician has good experience in the Championship and has also worked under one of the most highly regarded football managers in history in Marcelo Bielsa during his time as a coach at Leeds United.

The Argentine manager, who took Leeds back to the Premier League after enjoying spells at Athletic Bilbao and Marseille, spoke highly of Corberan, describing him as “very talented” and once suggested that he values his opinion more than his own.

Given that Leeds excelled in three of Bielsa’s four seasons at the club, earning a playoff position the first year, promotion in the second and a strong ninth-placed finish in his first Premier League campaign, having someone of that ilk at West Brom could only be a good thing for the club.

If Corberan could emulate Bielsa’s performances at Leeds during his time at West Brom, he would surely prove to be a top appointment by the Baggies.

Indeed, possessing similar philosophies, a move for the relatively young boss is surely an exciting thought, particularly if he recreates an environment like he did in Huddersfield.

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