Jesse Marsch steps down as RB Leipzig coach with club 11th in Bundesliga

RB Leipzig sack coach Jesse Marsch after defeat by Union Berlin that left them a lowly 11th in the Bundesliga table with American in charge for just 21 games

  • Jesse Marsch departs RB Leipzig after just 21 matches as their manager
  • American replaced Julian Nagelsmann in the summer but struggled for results
  • 2-1 loss at Union Berlin on Saturday left them 11th in the Bundesliga table
  • Leipzig have already been eliminated from the Champions League as well 











Jesse Marsch been sacked by RB Leipzig in the wake of Saturday’s defeat to Union Berlin that left them a lowly 11th in the Bundesliga table.

It was Leipzig’s third consecutive Bundesliga loss and saw the American coach, 48, depart after just 21 matches in charge.

Marsch won eight, drew four and lost nine of those matches with the club closer to the relegation places than they are to leaders Bayern Munich.

RB Leipzig have sacked manager Jesse Marsch after a poor start to the season 

Leipzig were beaten 2-1 at Union Berlin on Saturday, their third straight Bundesliga defeat

Leipzig were beaten 2-1 at Union Berlin on Saturday, their third straight Bundesliga defeat

Leipzig have also been eliminated from the Champions League after being drawn in a tough group alongside Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

They are level on points with Club Brugge entering their final group match against City on Tuesday as they try and secure a Europa League spot. 

A statement released by Leipzig on Sunday morning read: ‘Jesse Marsch will be released with immediate effect, assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer will prepare the team for the upcoming home game against Manchester City and sit on the bench for the important game.

‘A successor solution for Jesse marsch will be presented shortly.’

Marsch said: ‘I am very grateful to be part of the Red Bull family and to have been given this opportunity.

The American coach, 48, only took over at Leipzig at the beginning of the season

The American coach, 48, only took over at Leipzig at the beginning of the season 

‘Until the very end, I had the hope that after a restless start to the season and changeable performances as a group, we would find more unity and stability and turn the proverbial corner.

‘Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do that – after talking to [chief executive] Oliver Mintzlaff, we decided together to make a change in the coaching position.

‘I will only remember positive thoughts and I wish the club, the team, the staff and all the fans that RB Leipzig find their way back to their former strengths very quickly and, given the quality of the team and the club, I am sure that the club will achieve its goals.’

Mintzlaff said: ‘The separation from Jesse Marsch was not easy for us, because I really appreciate Jesse as a person and as a trainer.

Assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer will prepare Leipzig's team for their next fixture

Assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer will prepare Leipzig’s team for their next fixture 

‘It is a shame that it did not work out as hoped and that this step has now become necessary because unfortunately the desired development and thus the necessary results for our season goals have not materialised.’

Marsch, who was formerly in charge at Leipzig’s sister club Red Bull Salzburg, replaced Bayern-bound Julian Nagelsmann as manager back in the summer.

Leipzig lost the Bundesliga season opener at Mainz and subsequently several games at home and in the Champions League.

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