The violent coach quake around Julian Nagelsmann had an impact on the RB Leipzig campus on Wednesday. The future Bayern coach prepared his team in the usual way for the cup semifinals at Werder Bremen when the urgent succession solution was apparently clarified at the office next door faster than expected: Jesse Marsch from sister club Red Bull Salzburg is supposed to leave RB Leipzig Summer stand on the sidelines.
To kicker-Information there is agreement between Leipzig and the 47-year-old American. The only thing outstanding is the agreement between the clubs – which, given the proximity of the two clubs, should be purely a matter of form. RB sports director Christoph Freund on Sky confirmed that talks between the clubs about a march change to Germany are in progress.
“We cannot say more at the moment because we are still in talks. If talks have not yet been concluded or there is no agreement, nothing can be announced,” said Freund.
The cracks that had arisen in the apparently stable construction of RB Leipzig as a result of Nagelsmann’s departure were patched up as quickly as possible with a confidante from the RB cosmos. How deep the upheavals really are in view of the decision to split up with sports director Markus Krösche cannot yet be foreseen. In any case, there is boiling beneath the surface.
Above all, Nagelsmann cannot be adequately replaced for Leipzig, not least because of the charisma of the 33-year-old. Its departure shows that the ambitious club has reached the end of its development for the time being.
RB Leipzig: No risk of losing your status through upheaval
Many players are now wondering whether this can still succeed in Leipzig without Nagelsmann. According to Sport Bild, the internationally coveted top performers Dani Olmo (22) or Christopher Nkunku (23) reacted with little enthusiasm to the Nagelsmann change. Playmaker Emil Forsberg (29) and captain Marcel Sabitzer (27) – both with the club for years and with contracts until 2022 – should make a further commitment to RB much more difficult. Especially since defense chief Dayot Upamecano follows his coach to Munich.
However, managing director Oliver Mintzlaff does not see a risk of losing the status that has been achieved nationally and internationally with a lot of good work in what is probably the greatest upheaval in the young club’s history.
“This is not a bankruptcy declaration,” said Mintzlaff about the Nagelsmann decision: “We will close the gap. Julian will feel us, we will continue to attack.”
Mintzlaff also draws his confidence from looking into the past. RB mastered the departure of trainer Ralph Hasenhüttl and top performer Naby Keita (2018) as well as the farewell to leading figure Ralf Rangnick and striker Timo Werner (2020).