Leeds United have appointed Uwe Rosler as their fifth coach in less than a year, after owner Massimo Cellino decided Neil Redfearn was not up to the job.
At the beginning of May, Leeds United big shot Cellino was granted permission by the Football League to return to the club’s board. The Italian passed the Football League’s Owners and Directors test and was reinstated with immediate effect having previously been banned after being found guilty of tax evasion in his homeland.
The owner was seen at the Peacocks’ last game of the season and despite supporters chanting their support for Redfearn, it was only a matter of time before he was ousted from his role at the club. Cellino went on a spectacular rant in which he called Redfearn “weak” and “a baby” and many fans were angry at the outburst. It is still unknown if he will return to the club to take up his previous role as the head of the academy.
Rosler has been given a two-year-deal at Elland Road but he will have to impress Cellino more than his predecessors if he is to make it that long. When he was appointed, Rosler, who was sacked by Wigan Athletic in November, said, “This is a chance of a lifetime at a great club with great potential.” He has been out of contract since leaving the Latics and the former Manchester City striker is aiming for a top 10 finish with Leeds next season.
Cellino has previously signed and sacked David Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Redfearn with the first two lasting less than two months each in charge. Rosler led Wigan to the Championship play-offs and took them to the FA Cup semi-final in the 2013-14 season, but struggled at the club at the beginning of this campaign. According to Rosler, the deal happened very quickly after meeting Cellino, so the Italian owner has obviously seen something in him which he hopes will bring new fortunes to Elland Road.
The German manager has chosen to overlook the alarming statistics that have come out Leeds and decided to take on the challenge of a lifetime. Cellino is unpredictable and while he may be happy now with his new manager, it doesn’t usually take a lot to change that. Fans used to think Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich went through managers quickly, but Cellino has now set a new record. It’s not just managers who haven’t lasted long. Other senior staff members have either quit in frustration or been sacked for one mistake.
One of the biggest rumours coming out of Elland Road is that Cellino insists on helping pick the team and undermines his managers. The players are not enjoying their time at the club and on the eve of a game with Charlton towards the end of the season six didn’t travel because they claimed to be injured. It is hard to see how, after all the problems and rumours, why a manager with such a good track record (he has only lost 29% of his games as a manager) would want to go to Leeds. The lure of the history of the club is obviously still an important factor. Rosler says that he makes teams better and he certainly has to make this one better.
Fans are hoping for a new start but with Cellino’s track record it his hard to see it happening. Don’t hold your breath, Peacocks fans – anything could happen!