Carlos Corberán stepped down from his position as Marcelo Bielsa’s assistant at Leeds United to become Huddersfield Town manager last summer.
In his first season at the Kirklees Stadium, the Terriers finished 20th after accumulating 49 points.
Mundo Deportivo interviewed the 38-year-old and asked him to review his debut season as a first team coach in the Championship.
“It has been a very demanding season. Last summer I joined a transition project at a club that wanted to start working with young people to stabilise it in the Championship,” he said.
“It is a family club. For me, working in England is a pleasure. At the infrastructure level, this country is a reference. Huddersfield’s experience in the Premier League (from 2017 to 2019) helped them grow a lot.”
The Spaniard, however, insisted the club’s plan is to return to the top flight.
“We work to establish the foundations of a philosophy and a style of play. The club’s social mass has the ambition to return to the Premier, but it is important to find a good balance between illusion and reality,” Corberán explained.
He first arrived in England when Leeds United appointed him as their U23 manager in 2017. A year later he became part of Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching setup after the Argentine arrived at Elland Road.
Bielsa was instrumental in helping the Whites return to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
Corberán, who considers himself lucky to have worked with the former Athletic Club Bilbao manager, revealed the work done by Bielsa at Leeds inspired him to take the managerial job at Huddersfield.
“Marcelo is a person I had previously considered, and when I worked with him, I understood why there was so much admiration for his figure,” Corberán stressed.
“When Marcelo arrived, Leeds were a sleeping giant. Being in his team, the fact that other clubs wanted to imitate what had happened in Leeds, positioned me and gave me the option of joining a Championship club. Without that, I would hardly be at Huddersfield.”
After a disappointing campaign with Huddersfield, Corberán will be hoping his side can finish much higher in the table next season.