By George Overhill

13th Apr, 2022 | 2:10pm

Bradley Wright-Phillips hails Leeds United's Jesse Marsch, shares what made him 'favourite' boss

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch turned Bradley Wright-Phillips from a solider to a leader and in doing so became his favourite manager.

The 37-year-old played for the Whites’ boss at New York Red Bulls during the American’s three and a half year stint in charge of the club, and rates his communication and teaching very highly.

According to MLS Soccer, while the team didn’t with the the MLS Cup during his time in charge “they were probably the best team in the league over that period.”

“Jesse is my favourite manager I had,” Wright-Phillips told MLS Soccer.

“I had coaches who liked me, but I never had a manager before him who taught me how to play well. Just the way he spoke to me, even the first phone call.

“He told me he wanted me to be a leader, but I wasn’t that kind of person, I’m more of a soldier. Tell me what to do and I’ll get it done.

“He said no, you have to change that. That responsibility really helped me.”

Bodes well

If the Whites boss stands out that strongly then it is a good sign for the prospects of the squad at Elland Road.

Granted, Wright-Phillips never played for a legendary figure like Marcelo Bielsa like these players have, but the skills will be invaluable all the same.

Marsch has come across as a good communicator in his interviews and press conferences so it probably shouldn’t be a surprise.

The failure to win the main prize while they were arguably the best team is less of a draw.

But considering how close to relegation the club has come this year, improvement in the players needs to be the priority.

The 48-year-old has spoken about his desire to bring silverware to the club, so he will need to ensure he gets the best out of his new players for them to be in any position to do so in the near future.

An ability to actually teach players to be better is sometimes lost as huge money means so many managers can just turn to the transfer market, but Marsch apparently has the skill.

In other Leeds United news, a talkSPORT pundit has accused Bielsa of overworking his players as they share what they’ve heard from inside the camp.