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Are Leeds United grooming Carlos Corberan to Bielsa's eventual successor?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa prepares to bring on Stuart Dallas in the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road on...

Leeds United coach Carlos Corberan has stepped up into a bigger role under Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brentford at Elland Road on October 6, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are undeniably looking like promotion contenders under Marcelo Bielsa, and fans are dreaming of a Premier League return under the Argentinian.

The Whites pulled off a major coup in Bielsa this summer, and his methods have completely revolutionised the club, but some may worry about how the club would change once Bielsa moves on.

After all, 'El Loco' hasn't exactly been one to stick around in one job for the long-term, with his only jobs lasting more than three years coming in international football with Argentina and Chile.

 

At 63, it's unclear just how long Bielsa plans to stay at Elland Road, but Leeds may have been very smart with their handling of young Spaniard Carlos Corberan.

The 35-year-old arrived at Leeds' Under-23 manager in 2017, having been manager of Ermis FC in Cyprus, but was promoted to First Team Coach under Bielsa, and still oversees the Under-23's too.

When the Argentinian is in the dugout, it always seems to be Corberan that he turns to, and many believe that the Spaniard is now being groomed to take the reins whenever Bielsa does leave, with his knowledge of the club's youngsters no doubt important for a long-term perspective.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa prepares to bring on Stuart Dallas in the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road on...

That may not be for a few years, but there are few better managers to learn from than Bielsa. Mauricio Pochettino, Gerardo Martino, Jorge Sampaoli, Eduardo Berizzo and even Pep Guardiola credit Bielsa as the main that inspired their coaching careers, and Corberan is no doubt picking up valuable experience every time he works with Bielsa.

Adapting Leeds to a different style post-Bielsa may be troublesome, but by seemingly having Corberan develop under Bielsa's wing, Leeds could push for continuity whenever Bielsa leaves, and may be protecting themselves from searching for a new manager by trying to build Corberan up for the job.

General views of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 03, 2016 in Leeds, England.

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