Bonner and McFadden tout RB Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch for Celtic job

By Euan Davidson

February 25, 2021

Celtic legend Packie Bonner and Scotland talisman James McFadden have tipped Jesse Marsch for the Celtic job.

Speaking on the Sportsound Podcast (24/2, 41:55), both Bonner and McFadden were full of praise for the American coach. Both encountered Marsch while doing Pro Licence coaching training, and were overwhelmed by what they heard.

Marsch, 47, began his managerial career at Montreal Impact in 2011, after an impressive playing career. The former midfielder was a stalwart for Chicago Fire and Chivas USA, after developing at Princeton Tigers. Capped twice for the USA, his coaching career has seen him follow the path to mainland Europe under the auspices of Red Bull.

Marsch won a league and cup double at RB Salzburg in 19-20 [Transfermarkt], and his stock has risen exponentially. In an interview with the Guardian, the American explained his career trajectory:

“A year in the Bundesliga as an assistant and working under Ralf Rangnick gave me a little bit more to put in my back pocket to go into the next job. It has helped me be better at my job, but it’s also helped the perception of me here.”

Jesse Marsch helped to develop Erling Haaland at Salzburg / (Photo by Markus Tobisch/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Bonner and McFadden tip Jesse Marsch for Celtic job

Celtic goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner said:

“I want to put up Jesse March as a contender. He’s the man for me.

“James [McFadden] knows this and I know this because we’ve listened to him on the Pro Licence, at UEFA. He thinks slightly different. Of course, he’s got the experience now of being at Salzburg. He’s got good communication skills.

“But he thinks outside the box. That’s what I like about him. Players nowadays… they think very differently now. They look for something different from how we were managed in the past. Bit in the Brendan Rodgers mould. That’s where I think the club needs to go to.”

Former Motherwell and Scotland hero McFadden added:

“He was really, really impressive when he spoke. [Marsch] was the manager of New York Red Bulls, then he went to work for a year under Ralph Ragnick at RB Leipzig. Now he’s Salzburg manager.

“You look at the model Salzburg have. They identify young talent, Erling Haaland being one. Naby Keita, who’s at Liverpool. They identify these players young, knowing they’re going to sell them on.

“That’s the Red Bull model. Him as a person, it was about finding out about the club. Learning the culture of the environment he’s in. He learns what’s required, he was really, really impressive for me.

“It might not be realistic, but for me, he’s someone who’d [make] a real impression at Celtic.”

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