New Leeds boss reveals message he received from ‘complex football tactician’ Ralf Rangnick

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Jesse Marsch was recently appointed as manager of struggling Leeds United, following the sacking of Marcelo Bielsa.

The new Leeds boss has a good relationship with United manager Ralf Rangnick. Marsch worked under Rangnick at RB Leipzig before going on to manage the club.

Marsch has now revealed the message he received from Ralf Rangnick following his appointment as Leeds manager.

Marsch said: “Rangnick introduced complex football tactics and ideas to me in a way that ignited my passion for being a top manager.

“I’m thankful we are not playing them [Manchester United] down the stretch. He sent me a note and that was great. A good luck note.”

Speaking about Rangnick’s influence, Marsch told The Coaches’ Voice earlier this year: “Ralf and I had very similar views about counter-pressing and transitions. Getting to know him then introduced me to a lot more detail in the game, and a deeper way of thinking about football.

“He has gone on to be a huge influence on me and my philosophy. It’s no surprise to me that so many successful coaches – such as Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann – have learned from Ralf.

“The intensity he demands from his players is infectious. His modern style of football has had a huge impact on so many different clubs and coaches in Germany.”