Leeds United are set to appoint Jesse Marsch as Marcelo Bielsa’s replacement on Monday.
That’s according to a claim made by Phil Hay, with The Athletic journalist revealing in a recent post on Twitter that Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta are set to appoint the former New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig manager as the Argentine’s successor in the Elland Road dugout.
The Whites hierarchy have staked their chips on the 48-year-old to steer the club away from a relegation scrap over the club’s last 12 fixtures of the season.
In his tweet, Hay said: “The club are set to appoint Jesse Marsch.”
While the raw emotion of waving goodbye to a manager who finally ended Leeds’ 16-year spell out of the top flight of English football, as well as installing an incredibly exciting brand of football at Elland Road, will undoubtedly still be very present on Monday morning, the news that the Whites are set to appoint Marsch as Bielsa’s successor should be something that has fans of the club buzzing.
While it is true that the American’s last jaunt in management – a 14 game spell at RB Leipzig – ended with his sacking after just eight months in the role, Marsch has nevertheless proven in his previous posts that he is an incredibly exciting young and innovative coach – as well as one who is not dissimilar in style to Bielsa.
Indeed, should the 48-year-old go on to become the Whites’ next manager, the Elland Road faithful should still expect to see a side with incredibly high energy levels – with Marsch’s Salzburg side typically outrunning their opponents in almost every fixture they played – as well as one who likes to control possession with the ball, while operating a high-press without it.
As such, while the timing of Bielsa’s departure will have left many involved with the club in a state of shock, there is a very good reason Orta has been sounding out Marsch as a potential successor to the Argentine for the best part of two years.
Indeed, if the American can keep Leeds in the division come the end of this season, his slightly less gung-ho brand of football could well reap incredible rewards for the Whites in the long run.