Jesse Marsch has been announced as the new boss of RB Leipzig, taking over from Julian Nagelsmann on a 2-year deal. The American coach last worked with Leipzig as an assistant coach under Ralf Ragnick, where he developed much of the principles and philosophies that he still holds near and dear to his heart today.
The Leipzig job had been vacated earlier this week by the departure of Julian Nagelsmann to Bayern Munich, and Marsch was seen as the clear front runner to take over. Oliver Glasner and Erik Ten Hag were also on the cards to fulfill the role, but Marsch’s successful spells with New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Salzburg meant that he was the obvious choice for the Red Bull owned Leipzig.
In his time with Salzburg, Jesse Marsch achieved a win rate of 66%, winning the Austrian Bundesliga and Cup in 2019-20. His team remain favourites to win both competitions again, with Salzburg 7 points clear at the top of the table after 22 matches. In 2015, he was named MLS Coach of the Year, for revolutionizing the New York Red Bulls into one of the league’s best teams. It was only his first season in charge, yet the American led his squad to a club record 18 wins and 60 points in the league. He continued with the Red Bulls until 2018, when he became Ragnick’s assistant. With both of his previous managerial stints being so successful, many now have high hopes that Marsch can continue where Nagelsmann left off.
While Nagelsmann and Marsch share many of the same tactical philosophies, the American coach is more of a motivator, compared to Nagelsmann who is one of the tactical geniuses of today’s game. Despite this difference, Jesse Marsch comes into Leipzig with a phenomenal reputation, and there is no reason to think that he will not succeed with his new club. Regardless of how he performs, Bundesliga Daily will be right there with you to bring you all the news, tactics and analysis of his new-look Leipzig team.