Leeds United: Uwe Rosler - in his own words

HEADING OUT: Uwe Rosler. Picture: Tony Johnson
HEADING OUT: Uwe Rosler. Picture: Tony Johnson
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HIS tenure at Elland Road may only have lasted for 12 games, but Uwe Rosler had plenty to say during his time as Leeds United head coach.

Here, Tom Harle picks out just a few comments made by Rosler since his appointment back in May this year.

Uwe Rosler barks out orders during his time at Leeds United. 'Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Uwe Rosler barks out orders during his time at Leeds United. 'Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

After his appointment in May ...

“Life is a challenge and I know what I’m getting myself into. I’ve thrived on pressure and challenges all my life. The way I deal with personal problems and the way I manage - you need those qualities to make it count here.

“I’m not suicidal. If I didn’t see a chance to be successful with this club, I would not have taken that chance.

“I had other opportunities, but I chose this one because it was Leeds United and because of the players.

“The owner Mr Cellino is very passionate. I have passion and we all want to do best for this club.

“This is a great football club with great potential. If we all together can keep this going, we can be a force.”

After his side’s 2-2 draw against Bristol City ...

“The crowd couldn’t believe it when they saw six minutes, they thought it was a carnival.

“It gave them another boost but it was our third away game in six days and my boys have been terrific.”

After four games, Rosler asserted that the “building blocks were in place” despite a winless start ...

“I think with the size and experience of our squad and the schedule that was put ahead of us, we have come through this in a decent way.

“I think the performances and the results are for me good.

“Yes we could have won at least one game, I think maybe even two. But we have said before when you work with young players and a young squad, you have to accept that sometimes you will make a mistake in the final minute. But overall I am delighted with the contribution of the players and the staff.

After securing his first win as Leeds manager, away at Derby County ...

“Only a top performance would have guaranteed us the three points. The first half was exceptional. The tempo was raised in the second half and they scored in a very good moment for them.

“The crowd supported them even more, but then we steadied the ship and pushed on for the win. Today we got rewarded for all the effort we’ve put in since I walked through the door. I’m very, very happy for the players, for the staff and for the supporters that we have something to show today.”

Rosler retained his top-10 target after a 1-1 draw at his old club Brentford ...

“It was crystal clear in May that we wanted to be better and improve from last season. Hopefully we will finish top 10. That was, from day one, the target and that will not change.

“It will not change with an unbeaten run or when we maybe have one or two disappointing results, That’s what we’re aiming for an we’re on track to achieve that.”

After the home loss to Ipswich, Rosler expressed disappointment with his side’s hesitancy ...

“In general I think we should be playing at a higher tempo. Our players should have the confidence and belief that we can go for 90 minutes.

“We’re a little bit hesitant and we’re not starting the game like the home team at Leeds United should start the game. That’s something we have to address.

“First and foremost we have to address with the players the sort of DNA we have and the way that we can win football games.”

Before the Brighton game, Rosler ruled out the possibility of a play-off push ...

“For me, it is realistic that we improve from last season. My personal aim, I said it from day one, is to finish in the top 10.

“Is that realistic? Yes. I said from day one, promotion is not on our agenda. I can understand our supporters when they think they want to win promotion this year. But I am a football coach and judge what I have available and the teams we are competing with.

“Automatic promotion or indirect (play-off) promotion this year isn’t possible.”

The day after ruling out promotion, Rosler clarified his position ...

“I can understand our supporters when they think they want to win promotion this year. But I am a football coach and judge what I have available and the teams we are competing with.

“Automatic promotion or indirect promotion this year isn’t possible.”

“I don’t understand why they are upset. I was absolutely clear since I came through the door than we are not in a position to win automatic promotion. That is what I said.

“Two times this club was 15th. With our financial restrictions we can’t compete. The team is not ready.”

On whether United’s squad had the potential to mount a play-off bid ...

“I will not hold them back.

“I try to make people happy here by achieving my goals but from my point I don’t see a crisis.

“When you want to be better than last year and when I say my personal aim is to finish in the top 10 that means you can’t all year be staying around 8th or 9th because that means you are a top team already. We are not a top team. We are driving to be a top team.”

In his final interview as Leeds boss, Rosler rued his lack of fortune at the way things were going for his side ...

“Things are just not going for us at the moment. There were three key moments in the game. They scored from their first attack and I feared the worst but we showed terrific character and got a quick equaliser.

“Having said all that, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. There are a lot of people far worse off than us so we have to pick ourselves up and go again.”

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