US bosses’ Premier League records as Jesse Marsch joins Leeds


Jesse Marsch has taken charge of Leeds to become America’s third Premier League manager.

Arcelo Bielsa’s successor at Elland Road follows in the footsteps of Bob Bradley, who had a brief stint at Swansea in 2016, and former Huddersfield boss David Wagner.

Here, the PA news agency examines the records of those who came before Marsch.

Bob Bradley

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Time quickly ran out for Bob Bradley as Swansea manager (Simon Galloway/PA)

Time quickly ran out for Bob Bradley as Swansea manager (Simon Galloway/PA)

Bradley had managed the national teams of the United States and Egypt after his early success in Major League Soccer, then had his chance in Europe with Norwegian team Stabaek and Le Havre in France.

Swansea represented a step up from League Two and his appointment in October 2016 as the league’s first American manager proved short-lived and unsuccessful.

He failed to even see out the calendar year, playing just 11 league games with two wins and two draws before being sacked two days after Christmas. Swansea were 19th at the time but survived under Bradley’s replacement Paul Clement to be relegated the following year.

David Wagner

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David Wagner and Bob Bradley combined for 18% Premier League win rate (PA chart)


David Wagner and Bob Bradley combined for 18% Premier League win rate (PA chart)

David Wagner and Bob Bradley combined for 18% Premier League win rate (PA chart)

Although he was born in Germany and has already spent his entire career there, Wagner grew up in the United States and switched allegiances to earn eight international caps for them after representing Germany at under-21 level. .

He fared better than Bradley in the Premier League, at least initially, as after knocking Huddersfield out of the Championship he opened with two wins and a draw to claim the August 2017 manager of the month award.

They survived in 16th place that season, but he quit in January 2019 with the Terriers bottoming after two wins and 11 points in 22 games. Those struggles were put into context by substitute Jan Siewert only adding five more points for the rest of the way.

Wagner’s record of 11 wins in 60 games gives a total of 71 games, 13 wins, 17 draws and 41 losses for US managers in the Premier League, which equates to a meager 18% win rate and 0.8 points per game.

What this means for Marsch

With Leeds 16th on 23 points with 12 games to go, a similar points-per-game return for Marsch would lead to a final total of 32 or 33.

Burnley sit in the last relegation spot on 21 points but have 14 games to play, as do Everton who are a point clearer, while bottom pair Watford and Norwich have shown signs of life since their own managerial changes.

Marsch will therefore hope to hit the ground with a better return than his predecessors if he is to clear Leeds from danger over the next three months. Wagner’s Huddersfield started with 15 points in their first 12 games – emulating that record would take Leeds to 38 and likely survival. Bradley, however, never reached 12 games.

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