RB Leipzig found a successor for coach Julian Nagelsmann. The American Jesse Marsch (47) comes from sister club Red Bull Salzburg to the Bundesliga runner-up. This was confirmed by RB on Thursday morning.
Marsch signs a two-year contract until 2023. He was already assistant coach in Leipzig under Ralf Rangnick in the 2018/19 season. According to matching media reports, March should have canceled the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur for RB. Nagelsmann (33) is moving to record champions Bayern Munich for the coming season.
“With Jesse Marsch, we were able to sign our dream candidate as the new head coach and quickly fill the most important position in the sporting field at RB Leipzig with a top coach,” said Oliver Mintzlaff, Chairman of the Management Board achieved and developed step by step. It is of course a great advantage that he has already worked for RB Leipzig for a year. Jesse knows the club, the city of Leipzig and above all our club and game philosophy. In addition to his qualities as a coach, Jesse is characterized above all by his positive and ambitious manner, through which he can inspire people in and around the club and take them with him. “
The cracks that had arisen in the apparently stable construction of RB Leipzig as a result of Nagelsmann’s departure were patched up with a confidante from the RB cosmos. How deep the upheavals really are in view of the decision to split from sports director Markus Krösche cannot yet be foreseen.
There is also a risk of losing other players. The internationally coveted top performers Dani Olmo (22) and Christopher Nkunku (23) reacted loudly Sports picture not very enthusiastic about 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.
RB Leipzig wants to “attack”: “Julian will feel us”
However, 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 declaration of bankruptcy,” he said of 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).
“We have shown that things can go on here. I know that we have a plan,” said Mintzlaff: “We will have a successor who does not turn philosophy inside out, but continues what Julian has built.” This is now officially called the march.
How difficult the legacy will be for Nagelsmann’s successor also depends on the further course of the season. The club has still defined three major goals for the 2020/21 season: In the Bundesliga, the best season in the club’s history, including the runner-up championship, should succeed. If they reach the final, the first title in club history will be held in the DFB Cup final on May 13th.