What Leicester City interest in Carlos Corberan reveals about pursuit for Enzo Maresca successor

Carlos Corberan shouts instructions at his West Brom team during their 2-1 defeat to Leicester City
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Leicester City appear to be willing to pay to bring in a new manager with West Brom’s Carlos Corberan the early favourite to replace the outgoing Enzo Maresca.

City are inching closer to losing their Championship-winning boss to Chelsea, with Maresca reportedly signing a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. The Italian is expected to be confirmed to his new post by the end of the week.

Then City’s search for a replacement truly begins and sources say Baggies boss Corberan is being considered by the club’s hierarchy. That would suggest, despite City’s issues around compliance of Profit and Sustainability rules (PSR), that they would be willing to pay compensation to bring in a manager from another club.

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There are a few former Premier League coaches who are out of work and who could be brought in more cheaply, such as Graham Potter, David Moyes, and Steve Cooper. Potter has been a long-term target for City, but there are suggestions he will be targeted by Brighton for a return to the Amex Stadium as they look to find a successor to Roberto De Zerbi.

City are set to receive upwards of £8m for Maresca which would help in their bid to meet the PSR for this season, with accounts closing at the end of June. It could reduce the need to sell players.

But interest in Corberan suggests they do not mind spending a portion of the Maresca fee on a new head coach. The Spaniard is highly-rated after excellent spells in England with both Huddersfield and West Brom, leading both into the play-offs.

He first made his name in England in his dual role as Leeds’ development squad manager and first-team coach. Working under Marcelo Bielsa, he helped Leeds to promotion to the Premier League.

Eighteen months ago, when Leeds were in a relegation battle alongside City and were seeking a replacement for Jesse Marsch, they tried to bring in Corberan. In the end, he signed an improved deal with the Baggies.

After taking them to fifth and losing to Southampton in the play-off semi-finals, the 41-year-old may feel he has taken the Baggies as far as he can. That’s also with the adjustments to the squad that are expected at the Hawthorns as they make sure to meet PSR.

While still from the school of Pep Guardiola like Maresca, Corberan has been praised for his tactical flexibility, and that could be important for a team like City as they try to negotiate survival. West Brom were one of the best sides to visit the King Power Stadium this season, Maresca admitting City were lucky to come out on top, with three Hamza Choudhury goal-line clearances required in the 2-1 victory last month.

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