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Portsmouth rivals place £4m price tag on head coach for Leicester city as shock Sunderland candidate emerges ‘new manager’ – Fabrizio Romano

This summer will see a lot of changes in management, as Leicester is interested in hiring a head coach for the Championship.

As they get ready for the Championship comeback, Pompey is enjoying a few weeks of peace before what promises to be a busy summer transfer market.

The Blues will return to the second division for the first time since 2012, and John Mousinho is already scouting possible additions to help the team reach its goals for a fiercely competitive 2024–2025 season.

But in case they were unsure about their potential for the upcoming campaign, Peterborough United, the erstwhile divisional rivals of Portsmouth, have showered the team with praise. Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said of the team, “What Portsmouth have got is a good manager, a good director of football.” They have a solid setup, and I have no doubts that Portsmouth will do well in the Championship. They should rank in the top 12.

While Pompey sit confidently with Mousinho at the helm, here is the latest news from their soon-to-be rivals as they hunt for new head coaches…

Championship side place £4m price tag on head coach

West Bromwich Albion, Pompey’s 2024–25 Championship rivals, have informed newly promoted Leicester City that their head coach Carlos Corberan will cost them between £3.5 million and £4 million in compensation should the Foxes wish to bring him in to replace Enzo Maresca, who is heading to Chelsea.

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The Telegraph claims that although Corberan has been regarded highly by the Baggies for some time, Leicester, who is now without a manager, want to bring him to the Premier League for the upcoming season.

Corberan joined Marcelo Bielsa’s backroom staff when he first went to the EFL as Leeds United U21 manager. After making an impression at Huddersfield Town, he left for a brief assignment at Olympiacos. After that, in October 2022, he joined the Terriers to take Steve Bruce’s place, and ever since then, he has grown to be a very well-liked member of the community.

 

According to The Telegraph, the Baggies will want a fee of almost £4 million, which may act as a “deterrent” given the Foxes’ ongoing financial difficulties. Nonetheless, he remains the front-runner to succeed Maresco.

Shock candidate emerges as Sunderland target

Alan Nixeon via Patreon reports that Stephen Robinson, the head coach of St Mirren, has emerged as an unexpected new contender to fill the Sunderland position.

Since firing Michael Beale in February after just 12 games in charge, Sunderland has been without a manager. The former Reims manager Will Still was highly sought after by the Stadium of Light team, but it is reported that the Belgian coach will reject the offer in favor of sticking in Ligue 1 and joining RC Lens.

Then, Rene Maric, the coach of Bayern Munich U19, and Raphael Wicky, the former manager of Young Boys, were among the most frequently mentioned names. However, current sources suggest that Vincent Kompany, the new head coach of Bayern Munich, will be giving the latter a promotion.

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Scottish Premiership coach Robinson has just entered the rumor mill, but former player and Football League World analyst Carlton Palmer thinks it would be a major risk to lure the 49-year-old to the Wearside team.

“The Northern Irishman took the Buddies into Europe, and back-to-back top six finishes”, Palmer said on FLW. “But for me, I think this would be an unbelievable gamble. But the way that it’s happening at the moment, Sunderland are running out of candidates to take the job, so they are going to have to take a gamble on somebody who’s relatively new to management, and the Championship.”

Robinson first joined St Mirren in 2022, having managed Oldham Athletic, Motherwell and Morecambe. After 103 games in charge, the Buddies have won 35, losing 47. They finished the 2023/24 campaign in fifth place.

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