Jesse Marsch reveals what to expect from new Crystal Palace boss Oliver Glasner and his tactics having been a rival of his in Germany
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Jesse Marsch reveals what to expect from new Crystal Palace boss Oliver Glasner and his tactics having been a rival of his in Germany

Mar 25, 2024
  • Oliver Glasner has been appointed by Crystal Palace, replacing Roy Hodgson 
  • Jesse Marsch gave an insight into what Palace fans can expect from the Austrian
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Jesse Marsch has given an insight on new Crystal Palace boss Oliver Glasner and explained how his teams tend to play.

Glasner was confirmed as Palace manager earlier on Monday, just 80 minutes after the club announced that Roy Hodgson, 76, was stepping down, with the Austrian coach penning a deal until the end of the 2025-26 campaign.

Glasner most recently managed Eintracht Frankfurt until the end of the last season – famously guiding them to the Europa League trophy in 2022 – while he has also coached Austrian teams LASK and SV Ried, along with Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg.

Marsch has followed a similar career path to the 49-year-old, taking charge of Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, before the American came up against Glasner’s Frankfurt side when he coached RB Leipzig.

And, speaking as a guest on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Marsch revealed what Palace fans should expect from Glasner.

Jesse Marsch has revealed what to expect from new Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner

Jesse Marsch has revealed what to expect from new Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner

Marsch, appearing as a guest on Monday Night Football, explained how a Glasner team plays

Marsch, appearing as a guest on Monday Night Football, explained how a Glasner team plays 

‘His philosophy is about controlling the space right and making sure that you’re compact,’ he said. 

‘But this 3-4-3 system is very unique to Ollie. He did it at LASK and that is where he first developed it, and he had a lot of success. 

‘He took them up from from the second division to the first and then he took them to the Europa League. 

‘He’s taken that with him everywhere he’s gone, but he’s made little tweaks. For sure, he’s had strong centre backs, he’s had full backs that can run the whole length of the pitch and he’s had attacking players who are creative, fast and like to play direct.’

Hodgson’s exit from Palace comes after his former side were in the midst of a dismal run, with the Eagles winning just three of their past 19 games in all competitions.

Their form has seen them dragged into the relegation battle, with Palace just five points clear of the drop ahead of their clash with Everton at Goodison Park on Monday evening. 

And Marsch felt they had the players to suit Glasner’s fast, vertical and aggressive football, but admitted that patience would be needed.

Glasner won the Europa League with Frankfurt during a hugely successful time with the club

Glasner won the Europa League with Frankfurt during a hugely successful time with the club

Marsch felt Palace had the players to suit Glasner's style of play, but pleaded for patience

Marsch felt Palace had the players to suit Glasner’s style of play, but pleaded for patience

He added: ‘I believe Palace have the type of athleticism and pace on the pitch so that they could fit the way that Olly likes to play.

‘But it will take time for them to understand all the tactics and all the behaviours or the concepts. 

‘And the big challenge for him is how to implement his system step-by-step so that he can now slowly evolve the team into what they want to become. 

‘But he’s also got to be pragmatic enough to make sure they’re getting results.’


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