American coach Jesse Marsch was named as the new head coach of RB Leipzig for the 2021-22 season shortly after the announcement of Julian Nagelsmann’s move to Bayern. According to reports, the Red Bull Salzburg coach turned down the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job to remain part of the Red Bull family of clubs. Follow us and be updated to the latest OBN Football and odds.
“With Jesse Marsch we were able to sign our dream candidate as the new head coach and quickly fill the most important position in the sporting realm at RB Leipzig with a top coach,” said club CEO Oliver Mintzlaff. “Jesse has done an excellent job in all of his previous positions and has developed step by step. It’s naturally a great advantage that he has already worked for RB Leipzig for a year.”
Marsch is a veteran of Red Bull organization of football clubs, having previously coached MLS side New York Red Bulls from 2015 to 2018. He registered the best record of any coach in the history of the club, but failed to lift the MLS Cup. However, he led them to one MLS Supporters’ Shield, the annual award given to the team with the best regular season record.
He then spent a season as an assistant coach under Ralf Rangnick in Leipzig the following year. The 47-year-old then replaced Marco Rose as the manager of sister club Red Bull Salzburg, signing a contract until June 2022.He became the first American to coach in the Champions League and win a major European trophy when he guided Salzburg to the Austrian Cup.
He won the Austrian Bundesliga title twice, during his first season and the following season, and looks set to repeat the trick this season too. The thrilling 4-3 defeat to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield was one Marsch’s most memorable moments in European football that also put him to the football radar. It also showed he had improved his German during his tenure as Salzburg.
Marsch will likely be joined by Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund, who is all set to replace the recently departed Markus Krösche at Leipzig. Marsch becomes the third American national to be named first-team coach of a Bundesliga club after current VfB Stuttgart boss Pellegrino Matarazzo and ex-Schalke man David Wagner.
Earlier, Julian Nagelsmann has agreed to a five-year contract beginning on July 1 as Bayern Munich head coach following a record deal that will make him the world’s most expensive manager, with RB Leipzig receiving compensation that could rise to €25m. Nagelsmann said he would “leave RB Leipzig with a heavy heart” and identified the Champions League semi-final as the highlight of his stills in the club.
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