After a 16-year absence from the Premier League, Leeds United was promoted to the top division in 2020 under Marcelo Bielsa’s leadership. The Argentine icon brought the club’s supporters together and was in charge of several iconic Premier League moments.
The situation deteriorated last season, though, as Leeds’ style of play became overly predictable and the possibility of relegation increased. The squad appeared fatigued as Bielsa’s demands robbed the squad of energy.
Leeds took the difficult decision to separate ways, and they hired American coach Jesse Marsch to help them succeed in the English Premier League.
With a 17th-place finish, Marsch led the team to safety, narrowly avoiding relegation. As the team works to reestablish itself as a mainstay of the top division, they now look to the American to maintain their Premier League position and go up the table.
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Who is Jesse Marsch?
Marsch had a long playing career in Major League Soccer (MLS), playing for teams including D.C. United, Chicago Fire, and Chivas USA.
He won the MLS Cup twice at D.C. United in addition to the Supporters’ Shield and the U.S. Open Cup.
In addition to winning the U.S. Open Cup three times, he also helped Chicago Fire win the MLS Cup and the Supporters’ Shield.
Marsch entered the coaching ranks after his playing career, first in the US and later internationally in Europe. The American has repeatedly been linked to a position with the U.S. National Team, but he hasn’t yet taken on that challenge.
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Why was Jesse Marsch hired by Leeds?
Marsch’s predilection for a high-intensity pressing game is one significant similarity to Bielsa, which would ensure that Leeds wouldn’t stray too far from their current approach.
Although both styles have some general traits, they cannot be directly compared. Marsch’s pressing is more focused while Bielsa plays a full 90-minute high press across the field. Marsch, a “counter-press,” honed his German-born “gegenpress” style while he was a member of the Red Bull system.
The American, who most recently oversaw RB Leipzig, enjoys providing young players with opportunity, which is also consistent with Bielsa’s mentality.
Victor Orta, the club’s sporting director, is said to have long appreciated what Marsch has accomplished in his managerial career, according to Leeds Live.
Teams led by Jesse Marsch
Marsch began her career working as Bob Bradley’s assistant in charge of the USA squad, and since then, she has held managerial positions with the Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Salzburg, and RB Leipzig.
Having an impact (2011-2012)
Marsch finished 12th in the MLS in his first season after being chosen the Montreal Impact’s first head coach in 2011 (he began his duties in 2012). He left the club in November 2012 because of disagreements he had with the management on coaching philosophy.
36 12 7 17 33.3 percent P W D L Win percentage
Los Angeles Red Bulls (2015-2018)
Marsch was voted MLS Coach of the Year after taking over the New York Red Bulls in January 2015. In his first season, the team won the MLS Supporters’ Shield.
Marsch left the club in July 2018 with 75 victories, making him the winningest coach in club history.
P W D L Have A Win Percentage Of 151 75 32 44 49.67
employee at RB Leipzig (2018-2019)
Marsch was then appointed as Ralf Rangnick’s assistant at RB Leipzig. He planned the team’s practice sessions and helped them get ready for games.
Leipzig fell to Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal championship game after finishing third in the Bundesliga and making it to the final.
Salzburg Red Bull (2019-2021)
Marsch was then named manager of Red Bull Salzburg, Leipzig’s sister team. He not only supervised success in the Austrian Cup but also in the Austrian Bundesliga, with Salzburg finishing 12 points ahead of their closest rivals Rapid Vienna.
Under Marsch’s leadership, Salzburg repeated as champions the following year.
94 64 13 17 68.09% P W D L Win percentage
Leipzig RB (2021)
Prior to the current season, Marsch took over as Leipzig’s manager in place of Julian Nagelsmann. He only served as coach for 21 games, though, before both he and the team decided to part ways. The team suffered under his leadership, and when he left, they were not eligible for a Champions League spot.
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