Leeds United have identified former RB Salzburg head coach Jesse Marsch as their preferred candidate in the event of Marcelo Bielsa’s departure, according to The Telegraph.
Bielsa has played a huge part in the recent revival of the Yorkshire club, including gaining promotion to the Premier League for the first time in sixteen years. The Argentinian usually leaves it late before making a contract decision so there is still a chance he will remain at Elland Road next season. Despite this, Leeds officials have already drawn up a list of potential replacements, headed by American Jesse Marsch.
The former MLS midfielder impressed during his reign as head coach at RB Salzburg., helping the Austrian club win the double in his first season. Marsch replaced Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig at the start of the season but left by mutual consent at the start of December after failing to impress. Despite this, Marsch’s front-foot footballing style earned him plaudits in Europe and the 48-year-old would make an interesting successor to Bielsa.
When asked about his future plans before Leeds’ game against Manchester United, Bielsa gave nothing away. “It’s not a subject that we should talk about at this moment.” replied the 66-year-old.
Leeds have endured an injury-ridden season so far, as a result of which they strayed close to the relegation spots but now find themselves in a much safer 15th position. Bielsa and Co. have stayed faithful to their playing style despite their critics and could end up reaping the rewards by staying in the Premier League for a third successive season.