RB Leipzig look set to appoint Celtic-linked Jesse Marsch as the replacement for new Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 27 April 2021, 11:47

Julian Nagelsmann has today (Tuesday) been confirmed as the new Bayern Munich manager on a five-year deal.

Bayern have splashed the cash to recruit the 33-year-old, who has cost them a world record £21.74m which has eclipsed the amount Chelsea paid Porto for Andre Villas-Boas.

Nagelsmann will see out the season with RB Leipzig, who can still mathematically pip Bayern to the title, before taking charge of the Bavarian club in the summer. Current boss Hansi Flick is subsequently expected to be announced as the new Germany manager.

As a result, a job has opened up at RB Leipzig, although the club look to have already found their man after journalist @FabrizioRomano tweeted:

“Jesse Marsch is set to become the new RB Leipzig manager”.

Erik ten Hag, the new favourite for the Tottenham job, was also reportedly under consideration for the role but it now appears that Marsch is set to succeed Nagelsmann - however, this is not yet official.

It’s a straightforward move for both club and manager considering that the American is currently in charge of fellow Red Bull side RB Salzburg, whom he’s been managing since 2019.

The 47-year-old led the Austrian outfit to a triumphant maiden 2019/20 season in which they won the league and cup double.

They also caused a big stir in the Champions League group stages with their pace, pressing and eye for goal nearly resulting in a stunning comeback against Liverpool at Anfield: Check out Marsch’s motivational teamtalk below…

The stellar performances of Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino saw the duo earn January (2020) moves to Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool respectively. Despite losing his star names - Dominik Szoboszlai then left for RB Leipzig this January (2021) - Marsch is set to double up once again this term, with his side through to the cup final and eight points clear at the summit of the table with five games to go.

Marsch is heavily influenced by the pressing/counter-pressing style and ideas of Ralf Rangnick. A former MLS Coach of the Year, he will now follow in the footsteps of Marco Rose (Borussia Dortmund), Adi Hutter (Frankfurt), and Roger Schmidt (formerly of Bayer Leverkusen) who all sealed moves to the Bundesliga after impressing at RB Salzburg.

Meanwhile, the imminent switch will firmly put to bed a move to Celtic, whom Marsch has been linked with.

In March he told BBC Sport: "I know enough about it [the link to Celtic] to say of course it's interesting. It's an amazing club and it would be an honour to even be considered.”

Eddie Howe remains the bookmakers favourite for the Hoops post, ahead of Lucien Favre, Enzo Maresca, and Chris Wilder, while Jose Mourinho has reportedly been approached. Scroll down for the full list of odds...

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