By Michael Lewis
In a move that is not surprising at all, former Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch will take on similar responsibilities with RB Salzburg this summer, the Bundesliga announced Monday morning.
Marsch left the Red Bulls last June to become RB Salzburg assistant coach under head coach Marco Rose. Marsch had been groomed to take over.
He signed a three-year deal with Salzburg.
“We are delighted to have found a successor to Marco Rose very quickly, and to have gained clarity for the season ahead in good time,” RB Salzburg’s Christoph Freund said in a statement. “Jesse Marsch is a coach who allows us to determinedly continue the path we have taken. We have followed his career and development very closely in recent years, and we have spoken often. We are completely convinced of him both as a professional and as a person. He knows our philosophy and way of playing football very well.”
The 45-year-old Marsch guided the Red Bulls for 3 1/2 seasons, which included a Supporters Shield crown.
During his Red Bulls tenure, the club recorded a 76-45-30 mark. Chris Armas replaced Marsch as head coach.
“I am really pleased and feel honored to be able to work for this fantastic club as their next coach,” Marsch said. “I will give everything to further continue the extremely successful work here. That is going to be a new challenge for me, and I can’t wait for it. I still have a lot to do with RB Leipzig until then to finish the season in the best possible way. I am concentrating completely on that before my new role at FC Red Bull Salzburg starts.”