There has been mixed reaction online as Southampton get set to confirm the appointment of new manager Jesse Marsch, to replace Nathan Jones.
Marsch and Southampton held an initial round of talks on Monday, where the length of his potential contract was discussed.
The club have considered it crucial to act fast and decisively in their search, and want a new manager installed before their next match against Chelsea on the 18th of February.
🚨EXCL: Jesse Marsch is set to become #SaintsFC manager.
Contract length was a sticking point but Monday’s talks went well. Club wanted a new manager before Chelsea & Marsch was the lead candidate.
— Jacob Tanswell (@J_Tanswell) February 14, 2023
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were also candidates for the club’s hierarchy. However, it seems Marsch is the man they have gone for, taking over at St Mary’s with the club currently in a Premier League relegation battle.
The final decision will be made shortly with Fabrizio Romano saying: “Parties are discussing final details of the contract in order to get it done in the next hours/days — meeting on Monday was positive.”
Leeds got rid of the 49-year-old American after he had spent just shy of one year at Elland Road.
Leeds brought in Marsch to replace Bielsa, but his vision didn’t work.
Marsch was a popular topic on the south coast before Sport Republic arrived in January 2022.
Since Marsch was with the New York Red Bulls, Southampton has been keeping an eye on him.
Southampton like Ralph Hasenhuttl’s experience in Red Bull, finds it appealing because of the similarities in pressing style and system.
Marsch has remained in England ever since Leeds fired him and has been in contact with the Saints ever since Sunday’s resignation of Nathan Jones, who was in charge for just 14 games.
During his brief tenure at St Mary’s, Jones was responsible for just one top flight win, a real flop of an appointment.
As mentioned, there is mixed reaction as Southampton get set to confirm appointment of new manager Jesse Marsch…
@Philbobaginns: If nothing else.. he’s a complete 180 in terms of how likeable he is. Total opposite to Jones. Has charisma and charm, seems like very much a man manager. Selles is there for the tactical side of things
@TwittyBen: Hopefully he actually starts implementing some of that supposed tactical knowledge then, as whilst apparently liked by the squad, he’s been the only constant in our year or so long decline between Ralph and Jones. His tactical knowledge didn’t seem to help us then
@Josh_b222: OK, not my first choice, but I’m for it!
@AdamDavidWarne2: I’m prepared to get behind whoever the board select…. Though if I’d had a say in it I think Ruben Selles would have been given a chance.
@NuFcPRO: Enjoy relegation then. Shame. I like Southampton too
@parmadiggyd: Prepare for next year Southampton fans. He talks so much and has so many ghandi quotes and no tactical awareness. Always too late to impact games with subs. Plays very narrow and has wingers playing CM.
@sam_ratliffe: I like this appointment
@iam_bakare: Scenes when he relegate Leeds on the final day 😭😭😂
@Danlowthphotog1: Definitely wouldn’t of been in my top three , but then my top three probably wouldn’t of touched us anyway, so best of the rest I guess. Let’s hope he understands the championship quickly
@NorthamScott: Considering where we are, I think we’ve done well to get him. Very likely to go down anyway, so having him stand by us in Championship would be a real coup. I like it. I like him. Come on you Saints!
@JonGilly1988: In all seriousness, how have Saints got their act in gear before us 🤣
@DGuy94: Thought them appointing Jones was mad, this could even be dafter. Southamptons owners are brain dead
@LiamWhitehorn: Might not be the most excitement appointment especially after getting sacked with Leeds. But for me he’s the perfect manager for the what the players need and what I think he can get out from then. Back him and get the support going. #SaintsFC
@maxcpfc21: Weird appointment all round
@calcio_danny: Is there anything more obvious than Marsch unsuccessfully bouncing around English football for a year or two before leading the USMNT into a home World Cup in 2026?
@andi_thomas: makes sense – a squad can’t just go Weird Guy cold turkey. got to have a period of Slightly Less Weird (But Still Quite Weird) Guy to smooth out the comedown
@timmsy_ks: Inevitable that Elland Road is going to spend 89 minutes singing “You’re too shit to manage Leeds” only for them to fluke a last minute winner with their first attempt on target.
@CS_Wipeout: Some may disagree but I think he’s a decent appointment. Suits our style and appears to be a good man manager, which some may need following Jones’ reign to get them back onside. Given our position, we cant expect much more tbh. We simply have to get behind him. #SaintsFC
@dylanwalsh_: Massive fan of this move. Jesse Marsch is one of the best coaches in Europe when it comes to developing young players, and even if Southampton go down, they have a project manager who can build the club back to its former glory years. Really hope this works out.
@ChrisAuckland: Might not be exciting but it makes bags of sense, both in terms our squads strengths, what was achievable in a short period of time at the bottom of the table, and player care. Onboard with this – we Marsch on! #SaintsFC
@R_J_M_11: Have Southampton lost the plot. This manager is more out of depth in the premier league than nathan jones #SaintsFC
@NickMad54900372: Jesse Marsch it is then, im 10x happier than when we appointed NJ. Lets all get behind the guy, He is going to galvanise the group going forward. Stay up or go down, it’s a decent appointment for the immediate future. #SaintsFC
@DanSFC94: Personally, I’m happy with Jesse Marsch. Sort of coach we should have gone for in the first place. Too little, too late for me. But I think he’ll be a good fit for us. #SaintsFC
@TheAGD_01: Really is a brave call from Southampton this… If I was a Saints fan, I’d be very very concerned with this appointment 🤔 what we saying saints fans? #SaintsFC
@PSmith1994: Urgh. Better than Jones? Sure. Good enough to keep us up? Doubtful. #saintsfc
— red army🔴⚪️ (@sfcharry_) February 14, 2023