Exclusive: Jesse Marsch Celtic credentials assessed by Linlithgow Rose manager Brown Ferguson
Linlithgow Rose manager Brown Ferguson is better placed than most to assess American Jesse Marsch’s credentials for filling the vacant managerial role at Celtic.
For Brown, 39, joined 19 other candidates – including ex-Scotland star James McFadden - in being directly addressed by the Red Bull Salzburg boss, 47, during an October Zoom call done as part of a UEFA Pro Licence course.
Referring to Marsch, who is bookies’ second favourite behind Roy Keane to get the Parkhead post, Ferguson told the Journal and Gazette: “In terms of personality, Americans (like Marsch) tend to bring a bit of gold dust to things the way they speak.
"He was excellent. I think everybody was really drawn in by his philosophy and what he is trying to do in football.
"And I think the thing that struck me very much is he’s very much about long term projects, development and people. The centre of his coaching philosophy was about dealing with the person, the individual.
"For a team like Celtic that demand results immediately, is that possible with his approach?
"It would maybe be a debate to have but certainly as a person I was nothing but impressed with him.
"I thought he was outstanding in how he presented that day and what he said.
"You see the results he’s getting with his Red Bull team just now but also the journey that he’s had.
"He’s had some really good experiences, from working in America, actually coming out of senior football and helping out with kids.
"I remember him talking about that and what it gave him a perception of, then back into football and moving across to Europe.
"He’s not only doing a job at his current club but he’s had an opportunity to go and build on things in the previous years.
"With his personality and results, he’s going to get linked with top European clubs.”
Red Bull Salzburg currently top the Austrian league by five points and will contest the country’s cup final against LASK on May 1.
The two-year Pro Licence course, at which speakers have also included Hibs manager Jack Ross and ex-Spurs gaffer Andre Villas Boas, will run until September 2022 with a reduced itinerary due to coronavirus.