Jesse Marsch in trouble at RB Leipzig after prominent Celtic links in early 2021

By Euan Davidson

December 4, 2021

Jesse Marsch, the American manager linked with Celtic in early 2021, is on the brink at RB Leipzig after some choice words from his club’s CEO.

Oliver Mintzlaff was severely unimpressed by RB Leipzig losing to Union Berlin last night. Marsch is the second manager, after Enzo Maresca, who’s faced significant job risk having been linked with Celtic.

RB Leipzig, it’s fair to say, are having a disappointing season thus far. The Red Bull-funded club sit 8th in the Bundesliga, with a vertiable chasm between themselves and Bayern Munich at the top.

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In this, Marsch’s first season with RB Leipzig, things haven’t gone entirely well. While the outfit did lose some key players, including Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer, they did spend an estimated €100m on players like André Silva and Ilaix Moriba. The quality is certainly there.

After last night’s loss, Mintzlaff spoke frankly about Marsch and the team’s performance. He said [Kicker via DAZN]:

“That was a desperate performance. We put in a catastrophic performance. I am disappointed.

“We’re not going to bury our heads in the sand until Christmas and hope that the new year will be better. We have to think about it and then everything belongs on the table.

“Today the team had a duty – and that was definitely not enough.”

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Testing times for Jesse Marsch, a man many Celtic fans wanted in the dugout

There’s still scope for Jesse Marsch to turn things around. His squad have quality and depth, and they’re a club used to moving on players for significant profit. The departures in the summer shouldn’t be a mitigating factor here.

As a coach beloved in the Red Bull set-up, the former RB Salzburg manager will be feeling the pressure. 8th isn’t really acceptable for a team with the finances and pulling power of Leipzig. As a former assistant coach, Marsch is acutely aware of that.

A likeable personality and with trophies to his name, this wouldn’t exactly be the end of Jesse Marsch’s career. It’s temping to wonder how things might’ve worked out for him at Celtic, had he indeed been keen on taking over. Perhaps it’s something he regrets now.

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It’s also tempting to wonder if there’s a curse on managers who were linked with the Celtic job. Enzo Maresca lost his job a week ago, and there’ll be intense scrutiny on Eddie Howe at Newcastle United.

Thankfully for Celtic fans, things seemed to work out. We’ve got a manager we love in Ange Postecoglou.

But it’s easy to wonder how things might’ve been had Celtic gone for Maresca or Jesse Marsch.

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