Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Jesse Marsch (pictured) as their new head coach, just a day after the departure of Marcelo Bielsa.
The 48-year-old American has previous managerial experience with Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig, leaving the Bundesliga club in December last year.
Marsch, who as a player won two international caps for the United States, is waiting for his work permit to be finalised and will then be allowed to take his place in the Leeds dugout.
Speaking to the media, the new man said: “It’s something I’m really excited about. I know what a big club Leeds is, I know ex-players who have played here and I’ve watched this club from afar for many years and I’m really honoured and excited to be here.”
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The new boss’ first game in charge is expected to be Saturday’s 12:30 kick-off at the King Power Stadium, when Leeds face Leicester City in a game the Yorkshire club won 1-3 last term.
The Foxes are 4/5 to collect the three points this weekend, with Leeds available at 3/1 and the draw also priced at 3/1.
It’s the start of a crucial run of games for Leeds, who are currently two points and two places outside the relegation zone, having played two more games than third-from-bottom Burnley.
Marsch’s first home game will be against Aston Villa on Thursday March 10, before a crunch clash against Norwich City at Elland Road on March 13.
Leeds are now 13/8 to go down, with Norwich (1/12), Watford (2/9) shorter in the Premier League relegation market with Burnley also 13/8 and Brentford available to back at 2/1.
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