Jesse Marsch named new manager of Leeds

Jesse Marsch has been appointed as the new head coach of Leeds United on a three-and-a-half-year deal after the departure of Marcelo Bielsa on Sunday.

The Argentine was dismissed following a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham, leaving Leeds 16th in the Premier League table and two points from the relegation places.

Marsch – who has previously coached at New York Red Bulls and RB Salzburg – has signed a contract until June 2025 and will be tasked with turning around the club’s recent form, with Leeds having not won in six league outings.

The 48-year-old American started the season as coach at RB Leipzig, replacing Bayern-bound Julian Nagelsmann.

However, Marsch and the club mutually parted ways at the start of December, with a 6-3 thrashing by Manchester City in their opening Champions League game contributing to his departure.

Speaking about the appointment, Leeds United Director of Football Victor Orta said: “We are delighted to welcome Jesse to the club and excited for him to lead us into this new chapter.

“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.”

Chief Executive Angus Kinnear added: “We are really pleased to have quickly secured the services of our first-choice head coach.

“Whilst the short-term objective for Jesse is obvious, we believe he has the courage and ambition to build on the strong foundations we have created over the last four years and elevate the performance of the club over the long-term.

“He had a great deal of success with New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Salzburg and has demonstrated during our many meetings that he is a great fit with the footballing culture of Leeds United.

“At this challenging time, it is important that the club remains united from top to bottom. The fans have been amazing throughout Andrea’s tenure and we have no doubt they will unite behind Jesse and ensure the team quickly returns to winning with style.”

Marsch’s first game in charge will be a trip to Leicester on Saturday in the Premier League; kick-off 12.30pm.

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