By Craig Scott

12th Oct, 2021 | 6:00pm

Rio Ferdinand reacts as Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is linked with Newcastle

Rio Ferdinand has thrown doubt upon whether Marcelo Bielsa will be a success at Newcastle United if he leaves Leeds United.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa has been linked with replacing Steve Bruce at St James’ Park after the mega-money takeover in the North-East while the Argentine has been listed as a candidate by numerous bookmakers.

Sky Sports report that Bruce is set to leave Newcastle but Ferdinand has suggested Bielsa isn’t a manager who’s worked well with the superstars of the game in the past.

“He focuses on tactics,” said Ferdinand on his own YouTube channel. “The big thing about Bielsa is that, has he got it right with big-name players?

“To do it with players that are desperate for a career, players that are playing in the lower leagues and players that just want to be taken to the top. They want to be on that ride and journey to the top. They will do anything for you.

“The trick is, getting an established player to change the way that you do things, change their mindset, change their output on a daily basis, physically, to mad levels.

“To do that on a daily basis is the trick and it’s a difficult part because there will be some players out there who will go ‘that’s not the way I see football’.

“I think he is a top manager, love the way he sets his teams up and he is fearless in the way he goes about it.”

They’d be lucky

There’s no way Bielsa is leaving us for Newcastle.

Firstly, he’d be joining a team that could still be relegated this season and the Argentine doesn’t strike us as someone who’ll take a sidewards or potentially backwards step.

Secondly, he’s committed to Leeds. He loves it here and joining Newcastle would be a massive step into the unknown as we have no idea what their new owners are going to be like.

With Andrea Radrizzani, Bielsa has a boss that he trusts and one that will keep him as the club as long as possible.

Bielsa may not have worked with the big-name players as often in the past and that is a good point by Ferdinand, to be fair. Would Newcastle’s new owners be happy to see Bielsa turn Jeff Hendrick into the new Bryan Robson or transform Joelinton into the Brazilian version of Harry Kane?

No, they won’t. They’re probably going to want massive marquee signings and Bielsa doesn’t work that way.

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