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Jesse Marsch weighs in on coaching transfer fees:
"Perhaps it's the way of the future. I don't know"

By Peter Vice

RB Salzburg head-coach Jesse Marsch is widely considered to be poised to be on his way back to the Bundesliga at some point; potentially even returning to RB Leipzig to succeed Julian Nagelsmann if the 33-year-old gaffer departs for Bayern this summer. 

The man who would be (after Pellegrino Matarazzo) the Bundesliga's second-ever American trainer is quoted via transfermarkt.at as stating that his current contract contains no exit clause. The 41-year-old also took the opportunity to muse on the issue of coaching exit clauses in general. 

Jesse Marsch.
Jesse Marsch.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Kerstin Doelitzsch

Former Ralf Rangnick discipline Jesse Marsch has found success since he made a lateral move from RB Leipzig to RB Salzburg in 2019. If his recent words are to believed, the highly touted American trainer feels content after leading his team to the double last year and remains focused on defending the league and cup this season.

"I said last week that it was never my intention to leave here," Marsch is quoted as saying on transfermarkt's Austrian website, "We've heard a lot from outside, but within our team and club everything is very calm."

Marsch has long been linked with a move back to the Bundesliga, where he served as an assistant coach under Rangnick at RB Leipzig. Last summer, a potential move to Dortmund was rumored. This season, he's popped up on the short-lists of Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Now that Gladbach has filled its vacancy with a reported €7.5 million transfer fee for Frankfurt's Adi Hütter (which immediately shattered the €5 million plus Dortmund paid for Gladbach's Marco Rose) the debate rages as to the rapidly escalating fees paid for coaches and front office managers.

It also sparks more talk of Marsch moving to the Bundesliga. If Frankfurt or any other Bundesliga league club wishes to procure Marsch, he certainly won't be cheap.

It's still not known how much Hertha BSC paid for Frankfurt sporting CEO Fredi Bobic. Considering that Hansi Flick and Julian Nagelsmann might be on the move this summer, one assumes contract-breaking clauses will get more expensive still.

"I think it's insane to think about how much Adi Hütter cost," Marsch said about the recent move, "but he's a super coach. Perhaps it's the way of the future. I don't know."

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