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Talks between Marsch and Southampton break down

Talks between Jesse Marsch and Southampton over the former Leeds boss becoming their new manager have broken down.

Sky Sports News understands it was the final detail of contract duration that was the key stumbling block as well as Marsch's feeling that the Southampton project was not quite right for him at this time.

Marsch met with the owners today in Southampton and after negotiations that went on for several hours, both parties agreed to walk away.

Marsch had been on the verge of becoming the new Saints boss just a week after being sacked by Leeds. He left with the club only above the relegation zone on goal difference following a seven-game winless run in the league.

He had been keen on a return to management and was excited by the Southampton project, despite the club sitting bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety.

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