By Saikat Mandal

7th Mar, 2022 | 10:15am

Nigel Reo-Coker shares Leeds United problems after Bielsa exit

Nigel Reo-Coker has suggested that the situation could get worse for Leeds United following the departure of Marcelo Bielsa.

The results have been very poor under the Argentine in recent months, with the Whites fighting for survival.

The Whites lost 1-0 against Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday (5 March), and Reo-Coker has suggested that the players will find it really hard to cope under the new boss, Jesse Marsch.

Reo-Coker told BBC Football Daily podcast: “It’s worse. Bielsa has implemented a style and these guys are used to playing in that.

“When you’re used to playing in that free-spirited, attacking football consistently, getting forward, just so explosive, expansive, it’s hard to go away from that and become defensively minded.

“It’s so hard to change that style. Because they had never played a balanced type of football.”


Obviously, a new manager cannot change the fabric of the side so easily especially when he has to work with the same group till the end of the season, without bringing in new players.

The transition has to be smooth, and Marsch is unlikely to make drastic changes. Bielsa has done some incredibly good work, and he will be looking to build on that.

He is likely to tweak a few things from the previous set-up to get the best out of his players.

For players, this could be a challenge, as they have been used to playing under a certain system, and it will take time for them to adapt.

Leeds were solid against Leicester, and they played really well at times.

Marsch has already made a big change in implementing a zonal marking defending instead of a man-marking style from the previous regime.

The Whites have two crucial games coming up – Aston Villa and Norwich – in the Premier League, and they should aim to secure maximum points from those fixtures.

In other Leeds United news, here are our player ratings from the 1-0 defeat against Leicester City this afternoon in the Premier League