Jesse Marsch has an ace up his sleeve as he gets set to take on mission impossible and win over Leeds fans as Marcelo Bielsa's replacement.
Following in the footsteps of Bielsa at Elland Road will feel akin to an act of treason once Marsch walks through the doors of the Yorkshire club, such is the iconic status of the Argentine legend.
But Marsch has one thing in his favour – he once chopped former Manchester United superstar David Beckham down to size.
As well all know, Leeds fans have a genuine loathing of United – and took huge pleasure from venting their vitriol towards Beckham whenever he played at Elland Road.
Marsch clashed with Beckham during an MLS game between Chivas and La Galaxy in 2007, when the former United States international hacked his rival down with the sort of challenge Vinnie Jones would be proud of.
Beckham confronted Marsch, who refused to back down, sparking a mass brawl between both sides which resulted in two players getting sent off. After the game, former England captain Beckham refused to shake his hand.
"He kind of got a piece of me the play before that," said Marsch, "and so it was somewhat of a retaliation, somewhat of a tactical foul because he was on the break.
"It was harder than I would have liked it to have been. I apologised to him and I told him I respect what he's about. He was kind of done with me though."
Leeds have kept close tabs on Marsch since 2020 and will be appointing someone with an unusual background in the game, who is not afraid to challenge those with big reputations.
Can Jesse Marsch keep Leeds up? Let us know in the comments section.
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Marsch cut his teeth in football at Ivy League college Princeton. He was named among the top 11 players in college football in 1995 and went on to represent MLS sides DC United, Chicago Fire and Chivas.
But he failed to fulfil his potential and went into coaching, becoming assistant boss of the USA team which pulled off a shock 1-1 draw with England in the group stages of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
He coached Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls, before becoming Ralf Rangnick's assistant at RB Leipzig in 2018, leading them to Champions League qualification.
He was named FC Salzburg boss in 2019 and proved a huge success, winning back-to-back league and cup doubles as well as handing Erling Haaland his Champions League debut.
Is Marsch the right man for Leeds? Let us know in the comments section.
English football's first introduction to Marsch came when his side faced Liverpool in Europe and came from 3-0 down to earn a draw, following a foul-mouthed rant at Haaland & Co during half time. A video of the meltdown went viral.
He returned to Leipzig as boss in 2021 to replace Bayern Munich bound Julian Nagelsmann, but lasted just five months before getting sacked.
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