Bundesliga: RB Leipzig hires Jesse Marsch as Julian Nagelsmann’s replacement

Nagelsmann will take over from Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich next season

Jesse Marsch in a file photo; Credit: Twitter

Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch will take the reins at RB Leipzig next season, the German club announced. Marsch will replace Julian Nagelsmann, who will take over from Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich in the summer. The 47-year-old American has previously coached MLS side New York Red Bulls from 2015 to 2018 before spending a season as an assistant coach under Ralf Rangnick in Leipzig. Marsch then replaced Marco Rose as the manager of sister club Red Bull Salzburg. Notably, in his first season in charge, he won the Austrian double.

Under his management, the Austrian champions are in the cup final and are currently eight points clear at the top of the Championship Group. Marsch was also the first American to coach a team in the UEFA Champions League.  His impressive managerial record must have made it an easy choice for Leipzig to bring him back to Germany and they will hope that he continues to deliver success.

Club CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said in a statement, “In Jesse Marsch, we have been able to recruit our main head coach target and quickly fill the most important position in the sporting side of the club with a top coach. Jesse has been part of the Red Bull football group for over six years now and has done incredible work in all his roles so far, constantly developing step-by-step.”

Mintzlaff added, “It’s of course a great advantage that he already worked for a year at RB Leipzig. Jesse knows the club, the city of Leipzig and, above all, the club and playing philosophy.”

“Alongside his qualities as a coach, Jesse is characterized above all by his positively ambitious style, which he uses to motivate and engage the people and around the club. We’re looking forward to working with Jesse Marsch and to continuing our successful path with him.”

Marsch will make the move from RB Salzburg in July. He has a young and talented group of players at his disposal, who have made Europe take note of their achievements over the last couple of seasons. Marsch also has 349 MLS appearances and has two USA caps to his name as a player.

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