LONDON, UK, March 4 – Jesse Marsch has admitted there is a stigma about Americans running English football after taking the reins at Premier League strugglers Leeds United.
The 48-year-old former RB Leipzig boss arrived at Elland Road with Leeds just two points above the relegation zone after the club sacked veteran Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa, who was popular with fans. fans.
Marsch knows he has work to do to win over Leeds supporters, starting with his use of language.
“Yeah, I think there’s probably a stigma,” he said Thursday. “People hate to hear the word ‘football’.”
“I’ve been using the word ‘football’ since I was a professional footballer,” added the former USA midfielder.
“I think more and more in the United States we are adapting to what the game is here in England and our connection to what this league is and what the culture of the sport is in this country.”
Marsch began his career in management as an assistant coach for Team USA under Bob Bradley.
Bradley’s short-lived stint in English football at Swansea in 2016 did little to change negative perceptions of American managers.
Marsch, however, has a reputation as a coach built into the European game, guiding Red Bull Salzburg to successive Austrian league and cup doubles before a brief stint at Leipzig.
The American has 12 games to keep Leeds in the top flight of English football, starting with Saturday’s fixture at Leicester.
The Yorkshire club have lost five of their last six games, with the 20 goals they conceded in February setting a new record for a single month in the Premier League.
“I understand how big a job it is and how important it is to the fans and the community here,” Marsch said. “I have followed the history of football for years. I am very aware of what it is.