Former top-flight striker Alan McInally believes Jesse Marsch has no chance of avoiding relegation with Southampton.
The Saints have been on the hunt for a new manager since sacking Nathan Jones following their defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. There have been claims that they are set to name Jesse Marsch as the Welshman’s replacement.
Marsch has been on Southampton’s radar even before Sport Republic’s takeover of the club last year. However, it is worth noting that he was only recently sacked by Leeds United.
The American tactician was in charge of the Elland Road outfit for a year before parting ways with them earlier this month. The Whites pulled the plug on him after he struggled to steer them clear of the relegation zone.
As Marsch seemingly prepared to take charge of Southampton, McInally has claimed that the appointment will not go well for both parties. The former Aston Villa star is of the view that the manager has no chance of keeping the Hampshire-based club up. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said:
"“I think he probably had a better chance of keeping Leeds up than he does of keeping Southampton up.”“I’m not saying he is not going to take the Southampton job, but I bet he is thinking really hard about it because I don’t see them [staying up], I genuinely don’t.” “I don’t see anything in Southampton. I don’t think he has got any chance of keeping Southampton up.”"
Southampton set to confirm Marsch’s arrival today
The Saints tasked first team lead coach Ruben Selles with preparing the team for their trip to Chelsea this weekend. However, Marsch could take the reins at St. Mary’s as early as today (February 15), according to talkSPORT.
Meanwhile, pundits and fans have been having their say on the 49-year-old’s move to Hampshire. Apart from McInally, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan also thinks it will not end well.