Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch is 'articulate and inquisitive' - Alexi Lalas
Leeds United announced the start of a new era at Elland Road on Monday as they revealed Jesse Marsch as the club’s new first-team manager.
The former RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig head coach replaces Marcelo Bielsa in the dugout after the Argentine was sacked on Sunday following a horrid run of results in February.
Former United States international Marsch will take charge of his first game with the Whites against Leicester City tomorrow (Saturday 5 March) and Fox Sports pundit Alexi Lalas, an Ex-US international himself, can’t wait to see what his countryman can do in the Premier League.
“I’ve known Jesse for a long, long time and he’s one of the most interesting, articulate and knowledgeable and inquisitive people I’ve come across in the game,” Lalas said, as quoted by the Independent.
“That doesn’t mean he’ll win soccer games but you’re getting someone who recognises the challenges on and off the field and has taken a road less-travelled – which I think has made a world of difference in his approach, his world view and his evolution as a coach.
“I can’t say enough good things about Jesse Marsch. We’re incredibly proud of him from an American perspective but his biggest task is going to be to prove to people that a coach from the USA can cut it in English football.
“In my eyes, he’s just a coach who happens to be American but there are still a lot of people in England who will see things differently.”
Exciting times ahead
There is obvious and understandable sadness among the Leeds United fanbase after Bielsa was sent packing last weekend and he will always be remembered for his tremendous work at the club.
But now is not the time for looking back with misty eyes as there is an exceptional coach who has taken over and is ready to drag the Whites back up the Premier League table.
Marsch’s previous achievements in both Austria and Germany speak for themselves and if he can bring even a small portion of that to Elland Road, things are looking up.
He has all the capabilities and tools to take this group of players from 16th in the league to maybe even a top-half finish if he can get them firing again instantly.
As hard as it may be for some supporters, the focus has to turn away from Bielsa now because the future could be very bright for Leeds.
In other Leeds United news, club captain Liam Cooper has shared a positive injury update as he returns to the training pitch.