According to MLSSoccer.com writer and insider, Sam Stejskal, the New York Red Bulls’ head coach, Jesse Marsch, may be leaving New York in a move that would see him join New York’s sister club, Red Bull Salzburg.
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
If Marsch, who hasn't been at the Combine, leaves New York, Denis Hamlett or Chris Armas would take over as head coach.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 11, 2017
Salzburg’s current head coach, Oscar Garcia, has been linked to multiple other jobs in last month. Was in running for now filled Malaga gig.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 11, 2017
Marsch has not been at the MLS Combine this past week, with Stejskal first reporting on Monday that Marsch was meeting with Red Bulls executives in Europe. Marsch has been in Europe for most of the offseason, having first been spotted at RB Leipzig games back in December. He also visited with Salzburg and Leipzig coaching staffs and executives last year, but for a much shorter period of time.
It is unclear if Marsch would take as head coach of Salzburg but it is certainly implied. Red Bull Salzburg’s current manager, Oscar Garcia, has recently been linked with moves away from Salzburg to clubs in both Spain and Portugal. It should be noted, however, that as of this morning Garcia was still Salzburg’s manager and was still in Salzburg at training.
Salzburg currently sits at second place in the Austrian Bundesliga, two points behind the leaders Rheindorf Altach. The team has won the league three years in a row and has finished in the top two every year since Red Bull took over in 2005.
When asked for comment, a club spokesperson stated, “the organization does not comment on rumors.”
Should Marsch leave, assistant coach Dennis Hamlett or New York Red Bulls II head coach John Wolyneic would be most likely to take over as the team’s head coach, especially on such short notice. Both men are currently at the Combine acting in Marsch’s stead, along with assistant coach Chris Armas and Sporting Director Ali Curtis.
Update: Goal.com is now reporting Chris Armas is to take over as New York’s head coach. The report also states that Dennis Hamlett would take over as the team’s Sporting Director with Ali Curtis’ future uncertain.