Things to know about Jesse Marsch

Daniel Feliciano
Jesse Marsch is set to become the new RB Leipzig boss
Jesse Marsch is set to become the new RB Leipzig boss / Guenther Iby/Getty Images

RB Leipzig have moved quickly to replace Bayern Munich-bound Julian Nagelsmann by agreeing personal terms with Jesse Marsch.

Nagelsmann was announced as the new Bayern boss on a five-year contract earlier this week, meaning Leipzig were forced to go out and find a new manager.

The man they have placed their trust in is 47-year-old Marsch - but who is he? Here's everything you need to know about him.

1. Former MLS player

Jesse Marsch
D.C. United v CD Chivas USA / Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Before his management career began, Marsch played in the MLS for DC United, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA.

He was a midfielder for the vast majority of his career, making 321 appearances over a 14 year career where he won three league championships, two MLS Supporters Shields and four US Open Cups.

2. Capped by the USMNT

Marsch passes
Marsch was capped at international level too / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

All the success he had at club level led to two international caps for the US men's national team.

The first was a substitute appearance in a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago, a friendly against China was his second and final cap.

3. MLS coach of the year 2015

Bradley Wright-Phillips, Jesse Marsch
Marsch is the coach with the most wins in NYRB history / Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Marsch was the assistant manager for the national team for a year before taking over as boss of New York Red Bulls.

In his first year with the club he led the team to a record 18 league wins and 60 points as they won the Supporters Shield.

4. Was at RB Leipzig as assistant boss for a year

Jesse Marsch
Marsch moved to Europe as assistant to Ralf Rangnick / Karina Hessland/Getty Images

After moving to Europe from the USA, Marsch joined RB Leipzig as the assistant coach to Ralf Rangnick. During his single season in the Bundesliga he helped lead the club to a third place finish in the league as well as a DFB-Pokal final, where they lost to Bayern Munich.

Despite signing a two-year deal, he left after one to move to yet another Red Bull club.

5. Successful tenure as RB Salzburg manager

ASK Ebreichsdorf v FC Red Bull Salzburg - Uniqa OeFB Cup
Marsch has coached some great players since joining Salzburg / Johannes Schedl/Getty Images

After Derrick Rose left RB Salzburg to join Borussia Moenchengladbach, Marsch was moved to yet another branch of the Red Bull tree and went to Austria as a head coach.

In his first season with the club he guided them to a league and cup double, while also performing well in the Champions League thanks to a certain superstar striker named Erling Haaland.

This season Salzburg continued to dominate with 17 wins from 22 league games and they currently lead the play-off stage of the competition.

6. His coaching inspiration is Ralf Rangnick

Despite the success he had in the MLS as a coach, Marsch credits a lot of his management methods to Ralf Rangnick.

Speaking during a Q&A in June 2020 Marsch said, "When I was a player I liked to play possession football and as I started coaching I realised that the future of the game was more in playing in transition.

"I was lucky enough after a few years to meet Ralf Rangnick and he introduced to me a lot of football details that taught me a little bit more about how to be efficient and functional playing in both offensive and defensive transition.

"When I first met him and we started talking football it really sparked me and inspired me to play the way we play now with RB Salzburg."

7. He doesn't have a favourite formation

FC Red Bull Salzburg v LASK - tipico Bundesliga
Marsch is tactically flexible by design / Guenther Iby/Getty Images

Marsch has played with several different formations during his time as a coach, opting for 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 and a diamond in different games. He says that's because he doesn't have a favourite formation.

"I don't have one. I've played in different ways with different teams based on the personality is. The key is figuring out how to use the players in a way that benefits them individually and thus the team, so I think it's important that we create tactical flexibility within the way we play."