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Jesse Marsch set to become new Leicester manager

Alex Brotherton

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Jesse Marsch set to become new Leicester manager

Jesse Marsch looks set to make a swift return to Premier League management as Leicester City look to replace Brendan Rodgers.

Last weekend Leicester took the decision to part ways with Brendan Rodgers after four years in the Foxes dugout.

Rodgers' time in charge will largely be remembered for the FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs in 2021, and the way in which he made Leicester Europa League regulars after twice nearly qualifying for the Champions League.

However, this season there has been a dramatic drop-off in the team's performance levels, so much so that the 2015/16 Premier League champions now found themselves in the relegation zone with nine games of the season remaining.

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Bosses at Leicester felt they had to act to give the team the best chance possible of avoiding relegation to the Championship. The two parties mutually agreed to split on Sunday.

Since then the likes of Graham Potter, Martin O'Neil and Dean Smith have been linked with the job, but it now appears that another familiar face will be tasked with saving the Foxes from the drop.

Interim boss Adam Sadler will take charge of Leicester's relegation six-pointer against Bournemouth on Saturday, but former Leeds boss Jesse Marsch looks set to be appointed on a permanent basis.

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According to the Telegraph, Leicester will offer Marsch a three-year contract after he impressed the club's hierarchy during the interview and negotiations process.

Marsch's number one priority will be to guide Leicester away from the relegation zone, something which he has prior experience of doing.

The American coach saved Leeds from the drop last season after replacing Marcelo Bielsa, with a final-day win at Brentford making sure they finished three points above the drop.

However, Marsch's time at Elland Road soon soured as performances remained wildly inconsistent this season.

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He was dismissed in February after a poor run of results, and Leeds remain caught up in the relegation fight.

Weeks after his dismissal Marsch was in the frame to become Southampton manager, but talks reportedly broke down over the length of the contract on offer.

If Marsch is appointed in the next day or two then his first assignment will be a trip to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City next weekend.

Marsch's last encounter with Pep Guardiola's side ended in a 3-1 defeat at the end of December.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Alamy

Topics: Leeds United, Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers, Premier League

Alex Brotherton
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