Soccer-American Marsch leaves role as Leipzig head coach


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - RB Leipzig Press Conference - Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany - November 2, 2021 RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch during the press conference REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/File Photo

(Reuters) -RB Leipzig, last season's Bundesliga runners-up, have mutually agreed to part company with head coach Jesse Marsch after a poor start to the season, the German club said on Sunday.

Leipzig suffered a 2-1 defeat at Union Berlin on Friday, a third consecutive league loss that left them 11th in the standings and piled pressure on American Marsch who was not at the game due to being in COVID-19 quarantine.

Marsch, who joined this season to replace Bayern Munich-bound Julian Nagelsmann, has led his team to only five wins in 14 league games.

"RB Leipzig and head coach Jesse Marsch have mutually agreed to part ways. The decision is the result of an in-depth analysis and intensive discussions after the Bundesliga match against Union Berlin," the club said in a statement https://rbleipzig.com/en/news/2021-2022/rb-leipzig-and-jesse-marsch-part-ways.

Assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer will take charge for their home game against Manchester City in the Champions League, a competition in which they reached the semi-finals in 2020 but have already been eliminated from this season.

"I keep only positive thoughts in my mind and wish for the club, the team, the staff and all the fans that RB Leipzig finds its way back to its old strengths very quickly," Marsch said.

"Given the quality in the team and in the club, I am sure that the club will achieve its goals."

Former U.S. international Marsch, 48, made his name in Europe when he guided Leipzig's sister club RB Salzburg to the Austrian league and Cup titles twice.

He became the first American to coach a team in Europe's elite club competition.

"It was not easy for us to part company ... because I hold Jesse in high regard as a person and as a coach," Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said.

"Unfortunately, the development we were hoping for and the results needed to achieve our goals for the season have not been achieved."

Leipzig said Marsch's successor would be announced in the near future.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by David Clarke and Ed Osmond)

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