by ANTHONY J. MERCED
New York Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch is in serious talks to become the new manager for Red Bull Salzburg according to Sam Stejskal of MLSsoccer.com.
Big news: Multiple sources have told me that Jesse Marsch is in serious talks to move to Red Bull Salzburg.
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 11, 2017
The team’s current manager Oscar Garcia has been linked with several job offers over the past month. Marsch is not present in Southern California for the MLS Combine and may not be in attendance for the MLS SuperDraft, the first major event on the MLS calendar. Instead, the Red Bulls staff, consisting of Denis Hamlett and Sporting Director Ali Curtis, have been supervising the team’s potential moves before the start of the season.
Marsch has made visits to Europe previously where he has engaged with the staff of other Red Bull organizations including the coaches of Leipzig and Salzburg. A move would end Marsch’s two year run with the team which has produced a second Supporters Shield trophy as well as two Eastern Conference regular season championships. Marsch’s initial appointment was a controversial one as fans protested the firing of beloved head coach Mike Petke after the team’s playoff run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2014. Still, a rebuilt and youthful side was able to win fans over and create a level of stability rarely seen in the team.
Marsch’s replacement would more than likely be from his own coaching staff. Hamlett has been an MLS head coach before with the Chicago Fire in 2008-09 but mostly served as an assistant coach in Montreal and Vancouver before moving to New York. Armas, an ex-MLS player, has also had assistant coaching experience with the Chicago Fire as well as at Adelphi University with the women’s program.