New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has strongly denied being a candidate to take over at Red Bull Salzburg.
Reports have flown left and right the last few days linking Marsch to the position, with assistant Chris Armas even reportedly told he would take over, but with nothing materializing, Marsch was forced to deny the news.
“I’m the New York Red Bulls coach,” Marsch told reporters in Los Angeles ahead of the MLS draft. “This whole thing that came out, I can’t figure out how to place it, but nothing’s ever changed other than facilitating our relationship with our [Red Bulls] clubs over there, but I’m the New York Red Bulls coach. Period.”
According to Marsch, he meets with many Red Bull staff and players every offseason in an attempt to improve relations and abilities across Red Bull clubs. Despite this denial, Ives Galarcep of Goal.com insisted that Marsch was overseas instead to discuss a new job.
Marsch, instead, denied the reports and stated he was even placed in the wrong location. “Since the New Year I haven’t been in Salzburg, I’ve been in Portugal with Leipzig,” Marsch said. “There’s been no contact with Salzburg. I was there before Christmas just to spend time with both clubs and watch what’s going on there, but I’m the New York Red Bulls coach.”
Marsch added after that he decided it was better to go overseas than to attend the MLS Combine, as he was familiar with many of the players who attended.