Salzburg chief hints clubs, including Celtic, still have a chance with Jesse Marsch

By Euan Davidson

April 24, 2021

It seems like years ago now, but do you remember a period in Celtic history I like to call ‘Marsch Madness’, with Jesse Marsch looking like the top managerial candidate?

Well, while there’s nothing concrete just yet, the door may have creaked back open for the likeable boss. RB Salzburg chief Christoph Freund is unable to say whether Marsch will be with the Austrian giants next season. With jobs going in the Bundesliga, rumours abound that Marsch will make the short cross-country trip. But there are, of course, other options for the American manager.

Back in March, it looked for all the world that Jesse Marsch was keen. Then, not two days later, our hopes were dashed. However, with just over a year left on the Salzburg boss’ contract, Freund admits it may be hard to keep Marsch for next season, let alone beyond that.

Freund said [Daily Record]:

“It has to be a really good overall package for him to say he is leaving.

“He has a quiet environment, loves working with young players. He has a lot of fun in Salzburg, his family feels good, we are successful.

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“On the other hand, I cannot say with one hundred percent [certainty] that he will be my coach next year.

“No club has registered [their interest] yet. Jesse is good here, but we know that he only has a one-year contract. Some clubs have their eyes on him.”

Erling Haaland and Jesse Marsch / (Photo by Markus Tobisch/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

No wonder clubs, including Celtic, have Jesse Marsch on their radar

Admittedly, we were Marsch to Celtic fans. The American coach has excellent pedigree across the Red Bull network. He had a successful stint coaching New York Red Bulls, before joining RB Leipzig as assistant, where he prowled the touchline in a loss to Celtic [BBC].

Since joining Salzburg, the trophies have been constant. A league and cup double arrived last year, with more expected by this season’s end. Not only is he getting results, he’s developing excellent young talents, like superstar striker Erling Haaland, who made his name at RB Salzburg.

While the likelihood is that Marsch will be a Bundesliga coach next season, there still isn’t enough to rule out Celtic going back in for him. Why, if the Bhoys’ board can approach Jose Mourinho, then it shows the calibre of manager that could be coaching Celtic next season.

So, it’s an outside bet, but there’s uncertainty there. Celtic can still take advantage of it.

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