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Ex-Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch set to become Southampton boss

Jesse Marsch is set to become Southampton’s next manager, according to The Athletic.

The American was sacked by Leeds United last Monday after a disappointing first half to the season.

Marsch has been tracked by the Saints board for a long while and is set to replace Nathan Jones.

He held talks with Southampton yesterday to discuss the length of his potential contract.

The south coast club want a new manager in place before they play Chelsea on Saturday.

The Saints are currently bottom of the Premier League after 22 games, with four points between them and safety.

Southampton have been linked with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Wayne Rooney has also been linked with the vacant post, but Marsch is set to get the job.

The 49-year-old has remained in England since he was relieved of his duties by the west Yorkshire club.

Marsch has been on Southampton’s radar before their new owners took over in January 2022.

His style of play while at New York Red Bulls and RB Leipzig caught their attention.

The Saints are looking for their third manager of the season having parted with Ralph Hasenhuttl last November.

Jones was in charge for 14 games before he was sacked on Sunday. Marsch could be announced soon and he will be keen to prove Leeds wrong.

The Elland Road club are yet to appoint a new permanent manager since his dismissal.

They could opt to make an interim appointment until the end of the season, with Nuno Espirito Santo linked.

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