West Brom’s new manager Carlos Corberan has already given verdict on what Baggies fans can expect

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Who is Carlos Corberan and what can West Bromwich Albion fans expect from the ex-Leeds United assistant?

West Brom have finally made an appointment to replace Steve Bruce in the dugout, two weeks after he was sacked as head coach. It was announced on Tuesday night that the Baggies would appoint Carlos Corberan as their new manager ahead of the clash with Sheffield United on the weekend.

The ex-Huddersfield head coach had been linked tirelessly with a move to the Hawthorns, and now it has become a reality. Corberan’s most recent position was in charge of Olympiacos, the most successful club in Greece. He only lasted just two months in the role, though, as the Red-Whites won just two of their opening 11 league matches and were defeated in both of their Europa League outings.

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Before that, Corberan spent two years with Championship side Huddersfield Town, leading them to a promotion push in his second and final season in charge. The 39-year-old led the Terriers to the play-off final at Wembley but lost to Nottingham Forest at Wembley Stadium. He then resigned in July of this year.

Despite stepping down from this particular role, Corberan felt he had unfinished business and was keen on a return to England. Speaking to Sky Sports, Corberan said: “My job was not finished because when you are very close or you are at Wembley, you feel like you have 90 minutes to achieve something very important.

“When we finished the game, my feeling was clear, I want to come back here again and I want to achieve. I feel like I didn’t finish my job here in England because it was a dream to put a team from the Championship into the Premier League.”

Corberan, who first gained a reputation with managerial spells at Cypriot teams Doxa Katokopias and Ermis Aradippou, now has the chance to make his ambitions a reality with West Brom. Though it would take an almighty effort to soar the Baggies to the heights of the Premier League.

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Albion are currently in the Championship relegation zone having won just two of their 16 league fixture this term. Only Corberan’s former side - Huddersfield - have gained fewer points, and a league-high of eight draws can only be matched by Burnley.

Carlos Corberan and Huddersfield Town were just 90 minutes away from the Premier League - but then lost to Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-off final.Carlos Corberan and Huddersfield Town were just 90 minutes away from the Premier League - but then lost to Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-off final.
Carlos Corberan and Huddersfield Town were just 90 minutes away from the Premier League - but then lost to Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-off final.

But nonetheless, if Corberan’s previous comments are anything to go by, then he has already outlined his next targets in management. One way he may set out to achieve his goals is by seeking an improvement in defence, with West Brom one of the leakiest sides in the division.

Corberan went back to basics with a 4-4-2 at Huddersfield and it proved effective, as the Terriers ended the season with the fourth-best defensive record in the Championship. Dominant victories were a rarity, but a single goal often ground out wins - and the points soon totted up.

Given the frustration Baggies supporters had towards Steve Bruce for being unwilling to switch to a two-at-top formation, Corberan’s favoured system will likely come as good reading. West Brom’s next game is at home to an out-of-form Sheffield United.

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