Leeds United: The lowdown on Rosler

Uwe Rosler. PIC: Tony Johnson
Uwe Rosler. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Here’s the lowdown on Uwe Rosler after he was named as the new head coach of Leeds United.

The German, 46, has become Massimo Cellino’s fifth permanent head coach in the space of just over a year.

Here’s the lowdown on Rosler.

1: Rosler made over 400 career appearances across 12 clubs in Germany, England and Norway and was born in Altenburg in the former East Germany. His international career saw him earn five caps for the former East German national team and six caps for East Germany under-21s. His autobiography is entitled Knocking Down Walls and he talks about the presence of the notorious Stasi secret police in his time growing up in the east as a young footballer eager to developing his footballing career.

2: The unheralded striker, then resplendent with a mullet, moved to Manchester City following a trial in 1994 from Dynamo Dresden, initially on loan. Just prior to joining, he had an unsuccessful trial at Middlesbrough. Rosler soon became a cult hero at Maine Road and made his debut on March 5, 1994. He played over 150 times in the league for City and scored over fifty goals and had later spells at Kaiserslautern, Southampton and West Brom after leaving Manchester in 1998.

3: Rosler named his first son Colin - now on the books of City’s academy - after City legend Colin Bell, and his second son after another, Tony Book. He was inducted into the club’s hall of fame in 2009 and was at Wembley when City ended their long wait for a major trophy by winning the FA Cup in 2011 - when he admitted to shedding a tear. He was also at Etihad Stadium when they won the Premier League title in 2012. He lives in the Manchester area.

4: After seeing out his career in Norway with Lillestrom, Rosler later became manager in 2004 after recovering from lung cancer. He managed in Norway for six years, moving to Viking in 2006 until 2009 before a short term spell at Molde.

5: Rosler became manager of Brentford in June 2011, leading them to a ninth place finish in 2011/12, before taking them to the League One play-off final the following season, where they lost out to Yeovil Town at Wembley Stadium. He worked successfully with a sporting director in Mark Warburton, who would later succeed him as manager, before joining Wigan in late 2013.

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