American coach Jesse Marsch has been announced by Leeds United as their new manager after parting ways with Marcelo Bielsa.

Jesse Marsch, most recently of RB Leipzig, was announced today by Leeds United as the team’s new Manager. The former boss Marcelo Bielsa parted ways with the Premier League outfit after a 4-0 loss to Tottenham, the result cementing them in 16th place in the table.

Marsch comes to the Premier League after having coached at the highest levels in both Austria and Germany for Red Bulls Salzburg and Leipzig, respectively. Before making the move abroad, Marsch coached the Montreal Impact and NY Red Bulls in MLS.

Similarly to his time at Leipzig, Marsch comes in to replace a widely popular previous manager, although in a tougher situation now with a downtrodden Leeds side. Julian Naglesman left to go to Bayern Munich at the end of the 2020-21 season, while Bielsa was widely loved for bringing Leeds back to the Premier League after a long time in the Championship, but was finally let go after their downturn this season became too much for the club’s upper brass.

The American manager, however, is ready for the challenge. He was quoted by SkySports as saying “My respect for Marcelo Bielsa is massive. I’ve watched him for years and he has such a unique playing style.”

“A lot of what I believe in and my playing principles are similar to the things that he likes and he does, and I followed very popular managers wherever I’ve gone.”

He went on to say that the team needed to remain calm during these last 12 games, and that a steady hand would prevail. “The short term is about keeping the club in the Premier League but in the longer term it’s about continuing to grow and to be the club the fans feel it deserves to be which is one of the elite clubs in England.”

Marsch turns his focus immediately to the next six games, which seem to be very winnable games at first glance. 

DateOpponentCompetition
Saturday March 5Leicester (a)Premier League
Thursday March 10Aston Villa (h)Premier League
Sunday March 13Norwich (h)Premier League
Friday March 18Wolves (a)Premier League
Saturday April 2Southampton (h)Premier League
Saturday April 9Watford (a)Premier League

Have your say, how will Marsch get on with his time in the Premier League? Will he be able to keep Leeds United up?

By Andrew Vorce

I do it all! Youth club coach for 15+ years, very retired semi-pro indoor player, journalist for Yanks Abroad, and VP of Operations for the Warrior Soccer Tour. Soccer, soccer, soccer. Avid soccer enthusiast and travel to Europe every summer to take kids to go compete against European youth teams.

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