Leeds have ‘full agreement’ with ex-Leipzig boss to replace Bielsa

Jason Soutar
Reported Leeds managerial target Jesse Marsch before a match

Former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch is set to replace Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United, according to multiple reports.

The Argentine – who is now regarded as a club legend by many fans – was relieved of his duties on Sunday following the Whites’ 4-0 loss at home to Tottenham.

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Saturday’s defeat leaves Leeds 16th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation places.

Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani said on the club’s official website: “This has been the toughest decision I have had to make during my tenure at Leeds United, taking into account all the success Marcelo has had at the club.

“With Marcelo as our head coach, we had three incredible campaigns and the good times returned to Elland Road. He changed the culture of the club and brought a winning mentality to us all.”

Marsch instantly emerged as the heavy favourite to replace Bielsa and transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the American is close to being appointed the new Leeds head coach.

He wrote on Twitter: “Jesse Marsch’s set to be appointed as new Leeds United manager. Full agreement reached on verbal basis – final details to be sorted out in the coming hours.”

“Work permit among last issues to be resolved then Marsch will be announced as new Leeds head coach.”

Marsch’s first managerial job was with Montreal in MLS, before joining New York Red Bulls, where he spent three-and-a-half years.

After a stint as Leipzig’s assistant manager, Marsch joined RB Salzburg where he made his name as a top coach in Europe.

He won the Austrian league title and Austrian Cup in both of his two seasons in charge of the club, earning himself a move back to Leipzig to be the Bundesliga club’s manager.

Marsch only lasted five months in charge, however, after a difficult start to the 2021/22 campaign.

Leipzig lost six, drew three and won five in the league under the 48-year-old. They were also winless in the Champions League.