FILE PHOTO: Montreal Impact’s head coach Jesse Marsch celebrates win against Toronto FC following second half of their MLS soccer match in Montreal, Quebec, April 7, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo
VIENNA (Reuters) – Former New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch will coach Salzburg from next season, the Austrian champions said on Monday.
Marsch, currently assistant coach at RB Leipzig, will replace Marco Rose who will leave at the end of this campaign to take over at Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach.
“Jesse Marsch is a coach who allows us to determinedly continue the path we have taken,” Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund said. “He knows our philosophy and way of playing soccer very well.”
Salzburg, sponsored by the Red Bull energy drinks manufacturer, have a nine-point lead at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga which they look poised to win for the sixth year in a row.
Marsch’s first job will be to try to end Salzburg’s Champions League jinx. Despite dominating Austrian soccer for over a decade and reaching the Europa League semi-finals last season, they have failed to get past the Champions League qualifiers 11 times in a row.
The 45-year-old coached Montreal Impact in 2012 and New York Red Bulls from 2015 to 2018. He was MLS coach of the year in 2015.
Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond