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Huddersfield appoint their third manager of the season

Huddersfield Town appoint their third manager of the season after the role was made vacant following Sunday afternoon’s sacking.

Danny Cowley left League One Lincoln to join the the Championship strugglers in September, who at the time were 23rd in the table having failed to win any of their first six matches.

His last game in charge was Friday’s win over second-placed West Brom, which all-but confirmed the club’s survival.

Since then, they’ve approached Leeds United for their assistant coach Carlos Corberan, and that’s who ended up getting the job.

Sky Sports reported early Tuesday that Leeds accepted an offer of compensation from their Yorkshire neighbours to take Corberan as their new Head Coach.

Since then, Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed to media in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that he is now the new manager of Huddersfield.

Corberan has been part of Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching staff since 2018 after joining the club back in 2017 as their Under 23s boss.

The 37-year-old is a highly rated Spaniard who has previously worked with Manuel Pellegrini and ex-Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde at Valencia.

Huddersfield now want him as their new manager and an approach has been made to Leeds seeking permission to hold talks with Corberan.

Leeds want to keep him as he is a valuable part of Bielsa’s staff and would ideally like him to be on their Premier League journey next season.

Bielsa’s contract is about to run out, however Leeds are planning immediate talks about an extension, it is understood Corberan’s is a long deal and would involve compensation.

But it is said that the West Yorkshire outfit will let Corberan go should he want to move on and fulfil his ambition to become a manager.

Corberán was hailed as “very talented” by Bielsa, with the promotion winning boss proclaiming he values Corberán’s opinion “more than his own”.

Corberán’s Leeds United 23s side won the PDL Northern League 2018–19 season by winning the league, they then became the national Professional Development League Champions by beating Birmingham City in the final.

In June 2019, it was reported that Corberán would be offered the head coach job at Spanish side Cultural Leonesa but he decided to stay at Leeds to remain under Bielsa.


Valencia B (retired at 23 to persue coaching)

2006–2011 – Villarreal (fitness coach)
2012–2013 – Al-Ittihad (assistant)
2013–2014 – Alcorcón (youth)
2014–2016 – Al-Nassr (assistant)
2016–2017 – Doxa
2017 – Ermis
2018– Leeds United U23

It was in the 2018/19 season that his young side won the Professional Development Northern League (Champions) and the
Professional Development League (Champions).

The club said in on their statement about the sacking: “Huddersfield Town has relieved Danny Cowley of his duties as Manager.

Assistant Manager Nicky Cowley will also depart the Club immediately.

Huddersfield Town Chairman Phil Hodgkinson commented: “I would like to place my thanks on record to Danny and Nicky for their hard work and dedication towards securing the Club’s place in the Sky Bet Championship for next season. That was the clear priority when they were appointed in September and we are very grateful that has been achieved.

“We all wish Danny and Nicky all the best for the future and they leave with my best wishes in their future endeavours.

“However, we have made this decision in the belief that, in the long term, it is in the best interests of the Club as we move forward. We have a different vision for the way we operate the Club, and how our ambitions can be achieved.”

Meanwhile, it’s reported that Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky Cowley plan on taking a break from football after their shock Huddersfield sacking.

Danny is said to be left gutted at not being able to build on what he had started.

But after 13 years of non-stop football management from non-league to England’s second tier, he now wants a short pause to reflect and recover before returning to the game.

Insiders claim the Terriers’ owner decided how he was going to dismiss the brothers during the coronavirus lockdown.

A club source said: “Danny and Nicky had an inkling and could have just walked out.

“But they wanted to see it through because so many jobs were at stake if they went down.”

The Cowleys took over from Jan Siewert in September after the club had one win in seven months.

Despite only having one point from the first nine games, they kept the club up.

No Championship team has ever survived from that position.

Academy coach Schofield, who will take caretaker charge of Huddersfield, said how surprised he was at the sacking: “I think everyone was quite surprised. I found out on the Sunday and it was very, very sudden and things changed very quickly after that.

“It has been a very whirlwind last few days and very unexpected. I got the phone call to go and speak with the owner and sporting director and agreed to take the last two sessions and last game against Millwall.”

Questioned on Corberan, he said: “Leeds have historically developed a lot of players in their club and Carlos has done that and he has worked with young players and developed them and a lot of them have made their debuts this season.

“He is someone with vast experience and a coach with good knowledge who studies the game quite a lot. A lot of other coaches can learn from him.

“The journey he has been on in coaching can bring vast experience to a club. Like any typical manager he is a strong character and has a good idea of how he wants to play and his certain methods and will instil some ideas to create an identity.”

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