Uwe Rosler took the reins at Leeds United last night and backed himself to thrive under volatile owner Massimo Cellino, saying: “I’m not suicidal.”
Rosler described his appointment as head coach as the “chance of a lifetime” and said he would not have accepted the opportunity at Elland Road without confidence in his ability to work with Cellino. The German became Cellino’s fifth first-team boss in the space of 12 months when he signed a two-year contract yesterday, replacing Neil Redfearn.
Leeds have been beset by controversy and problems during Cellino’s time as owner but 46-year-old Rosler insisted he was optimistic of building a good relationship with the Italian.
“I’m not suicidal,” Rosler said. “If I didn’t see a chance to be successful with this club then I wouldn’t have taken that chance.
“I had other opportunities but I chose this one because it was Leeds United. The owner is very passionate and I have passion. We all want to do the best for this club.”
Rosler, who revealed that the job had been offered to him “at short notice”, said he warmed to Cellino during discussions between them.
“It was very interesting and I really enjoyed it,” he said. “He’s a very knowledgeable football man. I showed him a presentation of my style of play and we discussed a lot of football. He has got a pretty good idea of what I’m looking for in terms of recruitment.”
Cellino staged a bizarre 70-minute press conference at Elland Road last week but he was absent yesterday as director Adam Pearson unveiled Rosler.
Pearson said: “We felt the press conference last week became too much about the owner. We wanted this press conference to be about a head coach who we believe in strongly.
“There’s one owner of this club and he’ll set the policies and make the ultimate decisions but to be fair, he’s putting in place people around him who are strong enough and capable enough to take the club forward.”