According to UK tabloid the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur have put feelers out for Red Bull Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch.
If that’s true they run the risk of losing out on a second, or even third, prime target. Spurs’ preference was RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsman, but it’s been confirmed that Nagelsman will be the manager of Bayern Munich next season, replacing the highly successful Hansi Flick.
Flick is off to succeed Joachim Low as boss of Die Mannschaft.
Tottenham’s second choice ahead of Marsch, appears to be Brendan Rodgers, but why would the Northern Irishman leave Leicester City, likely Champions League participants next season, to replace Mourinho, his former Chelsea boss?
After Rodgers, it could be Marsch, but succession-planning in the Red Bull organization strongly suggests he’s Nagelsman’s natural replacement at Leipzig. Marsch has been keeping Red Bull’s Salzburg operation ticking over in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Although no announcement has yet been forthcoming in respect of the former Impact coach, who earlier this year ruled himself out of the vacant manager job at Celtic, it’s expected a return to Leipzig is imminent. He was there previously as assistant to Ralf Rangnick after leaving New York and before taking over at Salzburg.
The American coach has impressed in Austria, not only in winning 67% of his games in charge, but overseeing some plucky and exciting Champions League performances against more powerful clubs and helping develop the likes of Erling Haaland, amongst others.
But the bookies are at odds with the Daily Star’s reckoning which will surprise few. UK’s largest betting firm William Hill sees Marsch only as a 25/1 outsider for the Tottenham job, which seemingly supports the ‘Marsch to Leipzig’ theory.
Current Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has been installed as the not entirely convincing 2/1 favourite in a fairly open field, to land the Tottenham hotseat.
Unpopular at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri is second favourite at 5/1, with Wolves’ Nuno Espirito a point further out. Rodgers despite declaring he has “unfinished business at Leicester City” is still Hills’ fourth favourite at 8/1.
Marsch is in good company at 25/1. Listed alongside him are two prominent national team managers; Gareth Southgate (England) and Roberto Martinez (Belgium).
Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is an outsider at 66/1 to return to the club.
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