American Jesse Marsch candidate to replace Niko Kovac in Monaco

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American Jesse Marsch is one of the main contenders in the running to become AS Monaco’s new manager, sources have told ESPN.

The Ligue 1 club sacked Niko Kovac on Thursday after what the board described as a disappointing first half of the season.

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Paul Mitchell, the Monegasque sports director who brought in Kovac 18 months ago, is leading the search for his replacement.

Club Brugge manager Philippe Clément is the favorite and has asked to leave the Belgian team and join Monaco. The two clubs have yet to strike a deal and in case there isn’t a breakthrough, Marsch is next on the list.

Marsch, 48, is a free agent after leaving RB Leipzig earlier this season. He knows Mitchell well after working with him when he was at RB Salzburg.

Clément has been the best coach of the Belgian top flight over the past three seasons. His side have impressed again in the Champions League this season despite not making it past the group stages against PSG, Manchester City and Leipzig.

Monaco hope to be able to announce their new manager on Monday at the latest, ready for the players to return to training after their winter break.


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