Red Bull Salzburg: Matthias Jaissle to succeed Jesse Marsch at Austrian giants

Matthias Jaissle is currently the manager of FC Liefering, who are a feeder club of Red Bull Salzburg

Red Bull Salzburg have announced that German Matthias Jaissle will succeed Jesse Marsch as their new manager.

Jaissle, who currently coaches Austrian side, FC Liefering will assume the role on a two-year contract when Marsch leaves the Wals-Siezenheim based outfit to join RB Leipzig as their new manager at the end of the current season.

Jaissle, 33, began his coaching career with the under-17 side at RB Leipzig in 2014, before leaving the club to become Alexander Zorniger’s assistant manager at Danish side, Brøndby IF in 2017. After leaving Brøndby, he joined Red Bull Salzburg as under-18 coach, before he succeeded Bo Svensson as manager of Liefering in January.

“Matthias Jaissle’s qualities speak for themselves,” said Red Bull Salzburg Sporting director Christoph Freund.

“I have known him for a few years already. He is young, ambitious and suits our club really well.

“The way he works and develops young players is exceptional. He was our ideal candidate as a result. He is not a big name yet, but we are all about giving young players and also young coaches a chance.

Albion Rovers: striker David Cox retires from football over ‘abuse’ claim during Stenhousemuir match

David Cox left Ochilview at half time during Albion Rovers’ Scottish League Two match against Stenhousemuir

Albion Rovers’ David Cox has stated that he has quit football after alleging he was verbally abused about his struggles with mental health by an opposition player.

Cox, 32, departed the stadium during the interval of his side’s encounter with Stenhousemuir and said he was made fun of about his previous attempts to take his own life.

Stenhousemuir have brought the matter to the attention of the Scottish FA and the Warriors have commenced their own investigation.

In a statement released by the club, Stenny said: “The club is aware of a verbal altercation.

“We have spoken to the players involved, David Cox (Albion Rovers) who was on the bench, and Jonathan Tiffoney (Stenhousemuir) who was playing.

“Both players are making claims of serious and wholly inappropriate comments being made during the game that have implications for player wellbeing and mental health.

“Whilst we accept that things can get said during a game, we believe the allegations are sufficiently serious enough to merit a more detailed investigation.”

Former Annan Athletic and Cowdenbeath striker Cox has gone public many times about his battle with depression and the abuse he has received within football.

In a social media video, the part-time player said: “Second half just starting Albion Rovers-Stenhousemuir and I have left the stadium. I wasn’t playing tonight, I was on the bench.

“One of the boys in the Stenny team, we were having a bit of to and fro and they had a go at my mental health. Told me I should have done it right the first time.

“Some folk might not think it’s a big deal, but I’m fed up listening to it. I don’t get paid enough for it.

“If they had put me on the park, I’d probably have broken the boy’s legs deliberately. I tried to speak to the referees about it, but they didn’t want to know because they didn’t hear it.

“So I’m going to do something about it and for me it’s leaving the game. I’m done with it. I either keep playing and I’m going to batter somebody on the park, which is not good and will result in me being the bad one.”

Watch: The moment David Cox reveals what was said to him during last nights match with Stenhousemuir

Albion Rovers said in a statement: “The health, safety and well-being of everyone associated with Albion Rovers is of paramount importance to us.

“Football is a place for all and we believe is should be enjoyed without fear, favour or prejudice.

“We are aware of an alleged incident that occurred during this evening’s match and have been in touch with David Cox to offer our unconditional backing and support.”

Shrewsbury Town: Steve Cotterill to attend home game with Oxford United after Covid-19 absence

Steve Cotterill was appointed Shrewsbury Town manager on 27 November, after the sacking of previous manager, Sam Ricketts

Shrewsbury Town manager Steve Cotterill has been given the clear to attend Saturday’s League One match with Oxford United at Montgomery Waters Meadow – the first match he will have seen in person in 2021.

Cotterill was last in charge of the Shrews for their 1-0 win against Blackpool on 29 December – two weeks prior to him testing positive for Covid-19.

He has since been in hospital twice after suffering with Covid-19 pneumonia.

Cotterill was discharged from hospital almost two months ago.

A club statement released by the Blues said; “We are delighted to report that Steve Cotterill is on course to return to Montgomery Waters Meadow for Saturday’s home fixture with Oxford United.

“It’s only six weeks since Steve was discharged from Bristol Royal Infirmary.

“Town’s boss has been working incredibly hard during long walks, yoga classes, visiting the gym and using weights in order to return to Shropshire to his players prior to the end of the season – despite still being on medication and having CT scans, tests and X-rays over the coming 10 days.”

Shrewsbury’s players have been in the day-to-day hands of Cotterill’s assistant Aaron Wilbraham over the last four months, for training and matchdays.

However, Cotterill has tried to remain as direct as he can, while working from home, via telephones and Zoom calls.

Shrewsbury are currently 17th in League One, and are safe from the drop. They are nine points clear of the relegation places with just three games to play, while the sides beneath them have all played a game more than the Shropshire based side.

Saturday’s opponents Oxford are seventh, just a point shy off the play-off places.

Steve Cotterill’s 2021 to date

RB Leipzig: Jesse Marsch to leave Red Bull Salzburg in the summer to take Leipzig job

Marsch is returning to the Red Bull Arena after having served as Ralf Rangnick’s assistant during the 2018/2019 campaign. Photo by Sky Sports

RB Leipzig have announced that American Jesse Marsch will succeed Julian Nagelsmann as their new manager.

Marsch, who currently coaches Austrian side, Red Bull Salzburg will assume the role on a two-year contract when Nagelsmann leaves the Saxony based outfit to join Bayern Munich as their new manager at the end of the current season.

Marsch, 47, was assistant coach at Leipzig during the 2018/2019 season, as Ralf Rangnick’s side finished 3rd in the Bundesliga.

In the summer of 2019, Marsch signed a three-year deal with sister club Red Bull Salzburg.

He won the league and cup double during his first year in Austria and is on course to replicate the same this term, with a cup final against LASK Linz coming up on Saturday 1 May and they have a six-point advantage over second-placed Rapid Wien in the Austrian Bundesliga with only four matches remaining.

“In Jesse Marsch, we have been able to recruit our main head coach and quickly fill the most important position in the sporting side of the club with a top coach,” said RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.

“Jesse has been part of the Red Bull football group for over six years now and has done incredible work in all his roles so far, constantly developing step-by-step.

“It’s of course a great advantage that he already worked for a year at RB Leipzig. Jesse knows the club, the city of Leipzig and, above all, the club and playing philosophy. 

“Alongside his qualities as a coach, Jesse is characterised above all by his positively ambitious style, which he uses to motivate and engage the people and around the club.

“We’re looking forward to working with Jesse Marsch and to continuing our successful path with him.”

Second-placed Leipzig can all but guarantee Champions League football for a third consecutive season, if they steer clear of defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon.

West Ham United: Fabián Balbuena has red card against Chelsea rescinded

Fabián Balbuena has featured in 17 of West Ham United’s 33 Premier League games this campaign

West Ham defender Fabián Balbuena has had his red card from Saturday’s match against Chelsea overturned on appeal.

The 29-year-old Paraguayan received a straight red card in the 81st minute for a foul on Chelsea left-back, Ben Chilwell as the Hammers fell to a 1-0 defeat.

West Ham manager David Moyes said after the game that the original decision had been made by someone “who’s never played the game.”

Valbuena was sent off via a VAR review by referee Chris Kavanagh

It now means that Balbuena will be able to feature for West Ham as they make the trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Monday, 3 May.

The Irons, who are fifth in the Premier League, have never played in the Champions League in their history and are currently three points behind fourth placed Chelsea, who occupy the final qualifying spot for next seasons Champions League, with just five games of the season remaining.

West Ham fell behind to Timo Werner’s goal when referee Chris Kavanagh gave Balbuena his marching orders, after watching a replay of the incident on a pitchside monitor following a check by the video assistant referee.

At the conclusion of the game, David Moyes added that: “It was a really poor decision, a really rank, rotten decision and it shouldn’t be given.

“Where’s he meant to put his foot? We had a day where the refereeing has been really poor.”

Watch: Moyes’ reacts to Valbuena’s dismissal in their Premier League encounter with Chelsea.

Bayern Munich: Julian Nagelsmann to take over the Bavarian giants in the summer

Nagelsmann is leaving RB Leipzig after two-years in charge to replace Hans-Dieter Flick at the Allianz Arena. Photo by Sky Sports

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann will move to Bayern Munich on a five-year contract when the season has reached its conclusion, the German champions have said.

Current Bayern manager, Hansi Flick said last week that he wanted to leave the Reds, after just two seasons in charge.

At 33, Nagelsmann is one of the most acknowledged young managers in Europe and took Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals last season.

Bayern president, Herbert Hainer said: “Julian Nagelsmann stands for a new generation of coaches.

” Despite his young age, he already has an impressive CV. We are convinced that with Julian Nagelsmann, we can continue the magnificent successes of recent years.”

The German, who will assume the role as Bayern Munich manager on 1 July, will reportedly cost the Star of the South more than £20m in compensation.

In a statement released by RB Leipzig, Nagelsmann said: “I will leave RB Leipzig with a heavy heart.

“It is something very special for me to take on the position of Bayern coach.”

Nagelsmann became the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history, when at aged 28, he took over from Huub Stevens at Hoffenheim in February 2016.

After leaving the Rhein-Neckar-Arena to join Leipzig in 2019, he led the Red Bulls to a third-placed finish in the Bundesliga as well as the semi-final stages of the Champions League during his first season at the helm.

During the current campaign, the East German side mounted a strong title challenge- as Leipzig looked to become national champions for the first time in the clubs history- prior to losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich, who took command of the title race.

Nagelsmann’s side are currently seven points ahead of third-placed Wolfsburg with three league matches remaining.

This season, the Saxony based side reached the last 16 of the Champions League, where they were knocked out by Liverpool, and they take on Werder Bremen in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal on Friday evening.

“It’s still too early to say goodbye and otherwise talk about memories, because I’m not finished here in Leipzig,” said Nagelsmann.

“My mission will end in the summer, but until then it will continue at full throttle. We have grown into a sworn bunch that finally want a title.

“I have never made a secret of the fact I am excited about the coaching position at Bayern Munich and that I would be happy to take on this job if this unique opportunity should arise.”

Six Trophies in over a year in charge and another Bundesliga title incoming- why is Flick departing the Bavarians?

Flick will leave Bayern Munich this summer, after winning seven trophies during his tenure at the club.

Flick joined Bayern as Niko Kovac’s assistant in 2019 and took over on a temporary basis when the former Croatia international was dismissed by The Bavarians.

He then oversaw a stunning rise in fortunes, also winning the 2019-20 German Cup, and was awarded with a deal until June 2023.

Bayern also won the Club World Cup in February, which was Flick’s sixth trophy just over a year in charge of The Reds.

However, this season he has become angry with the lack of new signings, and had found himself in a power dispute with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

The Bavarian giants are seven points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig as they close in on a ninth Bundesliga title in a row, but Flick’s side were knocked out by Paris St-Germain at the Champions League quarter-final stage earlier this month.

Bayern president Hainer complemented Flick’s work and said he would like to “expressly thank” the departing manager.

“He took over our team at a difficult time in 2019 and went on to win six trophies, with the seventh hopefully to follow,” Hainer said.

“He will always have a place in FC Bayern’s history books.”

European Super League: ALL of the six Premier League sides withdraw from breakaway tournament

The Big Six have now all left the ESL. Photo by Sky Sports

All of the six Premier League sides that were going to be involved in the European Super League (ESL) have now officially withdrawn from the tournament.

Manchester City became the first club to pull out after Chelsea stated their intention to do the same by preparing the necessary documentation to withdrew.

The other four teams – Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham – have followed Manchester City and Chelsea by also announcing their intentions to leave the breakaway competition.

The 12-team Super League, set up by the six afore-mentioned teams and Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid and Italy’s AC Milan and Juventus was confirmed on Sunday to widespread criticism.

In a statement, the ESL said: “The European Super League is convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change.

“We are proposing a new European competition because the existing system does not work.

“Our proposal is aimed at allowing the sport to evolve while generating resources and stability for the full football pyramid, including helping to overcome the financial difficulties experienced by the entire football community as a result of the pandemic.

“It would also provide materially enhanced solidarity payments to all football stakeholders.

“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations as was demonstrated today by a court decision to protect the Super League from third party actions.

“Given the current circumstances, we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”

What have the six Premier League clubs said?

The Arsenal board said they did not intend to “cause such distress” and that they joined the Super League because they “did not want to be left behind” and wanted to ensure the club’s future.

“Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward,” the Gunners added.

“We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept.”

Manchester United have said that they “remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game”.

Liverpool said that the club had  “received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally” before reaching their decision and thanked them for their “valuable contributions”.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said that his club felt it was “important” to take part in “a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid”.

Levy added: “We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”

Chelsea have formally said that after having had “time to consider the matter fully” they had reached a decision that their “continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the club, our supporters or the wider football community”.

Manchester City announced that they had “formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League”

Premier League: Other 14 clubs ‘vigorously reject’ Super League plans

The 14 clubs (above) that were involved in the meeting all rejected the Super League plans. Photo by Sky Sports

The 14 Premier League clubs that are not taking part in the new European Super League have “unanimously and vigorously” turned down plans for the breakaway competition.

The Premier League met without Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to talk about the newly-announced tournament at a virtual meeting on Tuesday morning.

The meeting, which lasted two-and-a-half-hours, was chaired by Premier League CEO Richard Masters, explored ways to accordingly given an answer to the proposals.

In an official statement, The Premier League said:  “The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal.

“The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.

“The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately.

“The Premier League would like to thank supporters and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.”

In a memo that was sent to all 20 clubs before Tuesday’s meeting, Masters wrote: “We do not and cannot support such a concept.

“This venture cannot be launched without English clubs and we call upon any club contemplating associating themselves or joining this venture to walk away immediately before irreparable damage is done.”

Tottenham Hotspur: Ryan Mason named as Spurs interim head coach after Jose Mourinho’s departure

Former Tottenham and Hull City player Ryan Mason was enforced to stop playing in 2018

Tottenham have named Ryan Mason as caretaker manager for the rest of the campaign.

Jose Mourinho was sacked on Monday morning after 17 months in charge and he departed the club just six days before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Former Spurs and Hull City midfielder Mason, 29, who retired from playing in 2018, steps up from his role as head of player development at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs have been named as Mason’s assistants, while Ledley King retains the role of first-team coach and former goalkeeper Michel Vorm has returned to the North London outfit as goalkeeping coach.

Mason’s first game at the helm of the first team is Wednesday evenings Premier League match against Southampton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, prior to leading out his boyhood club out at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they face holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

In a club statement, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: “We have great belief in this squad of talented players

We have a cup final and six Premier League games ahead of us and we shall now focus all our energies on achieving a strong finish to the season.”

Mason joined Spurs in 1999 at the age of eight, he then signed professional terms at the club in August 2008 and went onto make 70 appearances across all competitions during his stay at White Hart Lane, before he joined Hull City in August 2016.

But, after just six months at the KCOM Stadium, he suffered a fractured skull in a clash with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill during a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge in January 2017. This eventually led to Mason’s retirement 12 months after the incident.

Shortly after his retirement, Mason returned to Spurs in a coaching capacity and in the summer of 2019, he became the club’s head of player development in July 2019.

Leeds V Liverpool: Diego Llorente’s late header gives Bielsa’s side a point

Diego Llorente’s 87th minute header was his first goal for Leeds United

Diego Llorente scored a late equaliser for Leeds with three minutes left as Liverpool were denied a place in the top four of the Premier League – as unpredictability reigns over what that would mean following confirmation of the European Super League.

Liverpool are one of 12 clubs that have agreed to join a breakaway ESL that will “commence as soon as practicable”. However, even if the Super League does not commence next season, UEFA have said that they could ban the clubs – which includes six English teams – from European competition as a diversion.

There was a strange mood around the first game that involved any of the 12 teams since Sunday night’s statement, with protests inside and outside of Elland Road.

Fans of Leeds as well as other clubs congregated outside The Whites’ ground to stage a protest, during which a Liverpool shirt was set alight- and a plane flew directly over the stadium showing an anti-Super League message.

Inside the arena Leeds players donned T-shirts saying ‘Earn it’ next to the Champions League logo and ‘Football is for the fans’. A banner behind one goal had the same message.

Leeds United players displaying the shirts during their warm-up prior to Monday’s game against Liverpool

The hosts left the same shirts in Liverpool’s changing rooms, in case The Reds wanted to join in the protests and this move angered the visitors manager, Jurgen Klopp, who said that he does not like the idea of the ESL , but that he as well as his players had no say in matter at all.

Liverpool were in complete control during the first half and deservedly took the lead when Trent Alexander-Arnold got on the end of Diogo Jota’s fine pass and cut it back to Sadio Mane to slot into an empty net after Illan Meslier rushed out of goal.

Mane (centre) celebrates with Firmino (left) and Alexander-Arnold (right) after giving Klopp’s side the lead in West Yorkshire

This was the Senegal international’s first Premier League goal for Liverpool since January, a run of 10 games.

Leeds were much better in the second half and Patrick Bamford hit the crossbar way before Llorente headed in his first goal for Bielsa’s men.

What’s next?

Liverpool host 15th placed, Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday afternoon and that match kicks off at 12:30pm (BST), whilst Leeds have another tough assignment as they welcome 2nd placed, Manchester United to Elland Road on Sunday afternoon and that encounter kicks off at 14:00.