RB Leipzig has announced that RB Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch will take over as the head coach on a two-year deal. Julian Nagglemann joined Bayern Munich to replace Hansi Flick on a world-record deal for a coach of £21.7m. Reports in Germany have suggested that Marsch was always the main candidate to replace Julian Nagglesmann.

Jesse Marsch was the assistant coach of RB Leipzig before signing in 2019 with Leipzig’s sister club RB Salzburg. He won the domestic double in his first year in charge of the Austrian club and looks odds on favorite to do so this season as well. They lead rivals Rapid Wien by six points with four matches to go. March had been linked to the vacancies at Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic but chose to stay in Austria.

“In Jesse Marsch, we have been able to recruit our main head coach and quickly fill the most important position in the sporting side of the club with a top coach,” said RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff. “Jesse has been part of the Red Bull football group for over six years now and has done incredible work in all his roles so far, constantly developing step-by-step. It’s of course a great advantage that he already worked for a year at RB Leipzig. Jesse knows the club, the city of Leipzig, and, above all, the club and playing philosophy.”

RB Leipzig currently lies in second place behind champions-elect, Bayern Munch. They take on Borussia Dortmund in a crucial match this weekend. If they avoid defeat against Dortmund they will secure qualification for next year’s Champions League.

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