Former Leeds United defender Robert Molenaar has told the Dutch media playing in England was much harder than in the Netherlands. The 47-year-old spent 3 seasons at Elland Road, where he gained a cult status with the Leeds United fans.
Speaking to Voetbal International, Molenaar was asked about his experiences playing in England compared to playing in his home country.
The Dutchman said his time in the Premier League was good if the team was winning, but if you lost then the manager could get rid of you. Molenaar believes playing in England was harder because in the Netherlands the game is more about tactics and going forward.
“In England, everything was good if you won, but you were finished with the manager if you lost. It is much harder than in the Netherlands. Here we are talking about tactics and attacking play. That’s part of the Netherlands way,” said the ex-Leeds United man.
Molenaar earned the nickname ‘The Terminator’ from the Leeds United supporters for his uncompromising style of play. The central defender played over 51 league games for the club before his transfer to Bradford City in 2000.
Molenaar is now the coach of Dutch side FC Volendam.