By Wayne Veysey

8th Feb, 2023 | 7:00am

Leeds United manager: Carlos Corberan quits the race after being offered 18-month deal

Carlos Corberan pulled out of the running to be the new Leeds United manager after only being offered an 18-month contract, sources have told Football Insider.

The 39-year-old was the favoured candidate of sporting director Victor Orta and spoke to Leeds about the role.

The club proposed an initial 18-month deal that would run until the summer of 2024.

Corberan knocked that back and instead decided to sign a new and improved West Brom deal.

The Baggies announced on Tuesday evening (7 February) that Corberan has committed to an agreement running until 2027.

Leeds are now closing in on a new manager after holding interviews on Monday and Tuesday, with Rayo Vallecano manager Andoni Iraola and Feyenoord’s Arne Slot among the main contenders.

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Jesse Marsch was sacked by the Whites on Monday (6 February) after less than 12 months in the hot seat at Elland Road.

The American had failed to mastermind a win since the mid-season World Cup break despite overseeing a reported £130million spending spree on no fewer than 10 arrivals this season.

Corberan was seen as the top target to replace Marsch following his time under legendary manager Marcelo Bielsa.

The Spaniard has made a big impact at West Brom since taking over as their manager in October – and is yet to lose in the Championship across 13 games.

The Baggies are up to fifth in the second tier as they seek a return to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Leeds United will have Michael Skubala, Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas in the dugout on Wednesday (8 February) as they take on rivals Man United at Old Trafford.

The Whites sit outside the relegation zone only by virtue of goal difference after 20 league games this season.

In other news, pundit verdict on Leeds United appointing Steven Gerrard amid “huge” claim.