RB Leipzig part ways with manager Jesse Marsch ahead of Man City Champions League fixture

RB Leipzig part ways with manager Jesse Marsch ahead of Man City Champions League fixture

RB Leipzig have ‘mutually agreed to part ways’ with manager Jesse Marsch just two days before facing Manchester City in the Champions League.

The match is a dead rubber for City who have already finished top of Group A and Pep Guardiola will likely use the fixture to rotate his side.

A win for Leipzig, however, would guarantee a third-place finish and a spot in the knock-out stages of the Europa League. Club Brugge sit on the same number of points as them but have a much worse goal difference and play Paris Saint-Germain in their final game.

Leipzig have struggled this season since losing manager Julian Naglesmann – as well as centre-back Dayot Upamecano and captain Marcel Sabitzer – to Bayern Munich in the summer and currently sit 11th in the Bundesliga.

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Marsch, who has been in the Red Bull ecosystem since managing New York Red Bulls in 2015, left RB Salzburg to take over the reins at Leipzig but things have not gone to plan and he has now been dismissed after picking up just eight wins in 21 matches.

Three league defeats in succession to Hoffenheim, Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin have been enough to see him lose his job, with assistant Achim Beierlorzer taking charge of Tuesday’s visit of City.

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

“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 course around.

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

“I 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 will.”

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