Jesse Marsch hasn’t had to wait long for another opportunity to prove himself as a manager in Europe’s top-five leagues, landing a high-profile position less than three months after his time as RB Leipzig came to an end.
Marsch was appointed as the new manager of Leeds United on Monday, one day after the club parted ways with Marcelo Bielsa. Marsch had been out of work since being fired as manager of RB Leipzig in December and now has a new challenge in front of him in England.
“We are delighted to welcome Jesse to the club and excited for him to lead us into this new chapter,” Leeds United Director of Football Victor Orta said in a club statement. “Jesse is someone we identified a number of years ago during his time at Red Bull Salzburg and we believe his philosophy and style of football aligns with that of the club and will suit the players very well.
“We have a long-term plan and firmly believe he can take Leeds United to the next level and are excited for what the future holds,” Orta added.
Marsch has coached in Europe since 2018, serving as an assistant coach at RB Leipzig before managerial stints with the Bundesliga club and Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. The former U.S. men’s national team assistant coach won two Austrian Bundesliga titles during his time at Salzburg and also lifted two domestic cups.
The 48-year-old also coached in MLS, first with the Montreal Impact before a successful stint in charge of the New York Red Bulls, which he helped lead to Supporters’ Shield titles in 2015 and 2018.
“It’s something I’m really excited about, I know what a big club Leeds is, I know ex-players who have played here and I’ve watched this club from afar for many years and I’m really honored and excited to be here,” said Marsch.
“One of the things I love about this team right now is their commitment no matter how difficult the games have been, to play until the end, fight for each other, to never stop and to give everything to each other at every moment.”
Leeds United is sitting two points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place with 12 matches to play. Marsch’s first match in charge will come on Saturday against Leicester City.