Marsch led Salzburg to this season’s Austrian league title, the most significant trophy won by an American coach in Europe.
“My main emphasis in coming to Europe — of course, ambition was a part of it — but it was more to see if my idea of leadership could thrive in this competitive setting of our sport,” the Wisconsin native told The Associated Press. “And, you know, I mean, it’s very sink or swim in Europe.”
In his first season as coach of Salzburg, Marsch had little trouble staying afloat despite a raft of problems. He had to contend with both the coronavirus shutdown and a mid-season rebuild after the club sold Erling Haaland to Borussia Dortmund and Takumi Minamino to Liverpool.
Marsch also became the first American to coach a team in the group stage of the Champions League, and he drew plenty of praise for his team’s all-action style in European soccer’s biggest club competition.
Against Liverpool in October, Salzburg bounced back from a 3-0 hole in a battling 4-3 loss at Anfield. Footage of his halftime talk was widely shared on social media. In a mix of German and English, laced with expletives, he urged the players not to show Liverpool too much respect.