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Jesse Marsch becomes assistant coach at RB Leipzig

He signs a 2-year deal to back up two head coaches.

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Today, RB Leipzig announced, as part of the hiring of Ralf Rangnick as their head coach for the 2018-19 season, that former New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch will be hired as an assistant coach for the club. Marsch, who departed NYRB on Friday, signed a two-year deal with the Bundesliga side

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said of Jesse Marsch’s appointment, “Jesse Marsch has signed a two-year contract and will remain part of our coaching team after this season. He undoubtedly has the potential to become a head coach in Europe as well. He is an absolute team player and will come to Leipzig with his whole family.”

One interesting part of the move will be that Marsch’s deal will carry him through the 2019-20 season, which means he will remain on the staff when Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann takes over at Leipzig, a move announced last month. Still, Marsch feels like this is the right move for him to possibly take over at another European club down the road. He’s also in position to possibly succeed Nagelsmann at Leipzig or move onto coach RB Salzburg or another club in the Red Bull family. In the end, another American is coaching in Europe, and his success will only help other coaches make the leap.