Manchester United could be set to secure their ideal heir to interim manager Ralf Rangnick after being linked with a move for former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch.
What’s the story?
According to The Times, Marsch is being lined up to join Rangnick’s backroom staff after his recent dismissal at the Red Bull Arena, opening up the possibility of him replacing his former mentor in the Old Trafford hot seat at the end of the season.
Chris Armas and Sascha Lense have already joined the ongoing revolution in the red half of Manchester, and the 63-year-old tactician is expected to bring in at least one more additional backroom staff member over the coming days.
Would Marsch be a good appointment?
Perfect Ralf Rangnick heir?
Marsch started his managerial career as Bob Bradley’s assistant for the American national team between 2010 and 2011 before being appointed as the New York Red Bulls boss in 2015 via spells at Montreal Impact and Princeton Tigers.
It was Rangnick who first employed the American at New York, while the now United manager also took him to Leipzig as his assistant for the 2018/19 season.
Rangnick’s influence over the 48-year-old’s career has been obvious then, and Marsch opened up on just how much inspiration he takes from his mentor to The Coaches’ Voice earlier this year.
“Ralf and I had very similar views about counter-pressing and transitions,” he said (as relayed by Metro) “Getting to know him then introduced me to a lot more detail in the game, and a deeper way of thinking about football.
“He has gone on to be a huge influence on me and my philosophy. It’s no surprise to me that so many successful coaches – such as Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann – have learned from Ralf.”
Marsch successfully stepped out of Rangnick’s shadow at Salzburg, losing just 17 out of his 94 games in charge, claiming two domestic doubles along the way.
His impressive exploits with Salzburg saw Celtic legend Packie Bonner laud him over the summer, claiming he is “in a Brendan Rodgers-mould,” but Marsch was unable to replicate his success in Leipzig.
After just eight wins from his 21 fixtures at the helm, the North American was dismissed, opening up the possibility of joining United.
Although large sections of the Red Devils supporters’ may have reservations over Marsch eventually replacing Rangnick in the dugout, the prospect of him working under his mentor’s watchful eye could be one that stimulates success.
With Rangnick expected to take up his two-year consultancy role in the summer, it may well be a combination that brings the streamlined setup United have lacked for many years.