Southampton are set to name Jesse Marsch as their new boss, but former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan believes the American is not good enough to manage in the Premier League.
The Saints have been without a manager since parting ways with Nathan Jones on Sunday, February 12. They decided to pull the plug on the Welshman following their 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
While first team lead coach Ruben Selles has been tasked with preparing the team for their trip to Chelsea this weekend, Southampton are in the process of hiring a new manager. They are reportedly set to appoint former Leeds United as the replacement for Jones.
Marsch was on the Hampshire-based club’s radar even before they were taken over by Sport Republic last year. However, Jordan is not impressed by the side’s imminent appointment of the American tactician.
The former Crystal Palace owner insisted that Marsch does not have the style nor substance to succeed with a top-flight club. Speaking on talkSPORT, Jordan said:
"“I don’t think he has got the chops. I don’t know whether this is a board appointment or whether it’s an owner appointment if indeed it is going to happen.”“I mean I think we are quite solid on this, and so is the perception of it. I don’t think he is a good enough manager.”“I think he is all style over substance and I don’t think the style is that great and with substance, he’s lacking.”"
Southampton-bound Marsch was sacked by Leeds earlier this month
Marsch was notably in charge of Southampton’s league rivals Leeds for a year before being sacked earlier this month. The Whites pulled the plug on him after he struggled to steer them off the relegation zone.
However, the former RB Leipzig could now be in the dugout when the Saints lock horns with Chelsea on Saturday, February 18. While Jordan has his reservations about the manager, the club hierarchy will be hoping that he can keep them in the league.