UWE ROSLER has been confirmed as the new head coach at Leeds United, signing a two-year deal.
The German, 46, out of work since being sacked by Wigan Athletic last November, becomes the fifth permanent head coach/manager under the tenure of owner Massimo Cellino following Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Neil Redfearn.
The Elland Road club have called a press conference for 2.15pm and will confirm Rosler’s appointment after holding talks with the former Wigan Athletic and Brentford boss yesterday.
Rosler, 46, is poised to replace existing head coach Neil Redfearn and become United’s fifth first-team boss in the space of a year as owner Massimo Cellino looks for another fresh start.
The 58-year-old Italian, who staged a bizarre hour-long press conference at Elland Road last week, is not intending to be present at this afternoon’s gathering.
Rosler will be joined instead by new club director Adam Pearson.
The ex-Manchester City striker has been out of work since being sacked by Wigan in November of last year.
He guided the Latics to both the Championship play-offs and the FA Cup semi-final during his first season in charge but failed to replicate that success.
His opportunity at the DW Stadium was earned on the strength of two-and-a-half years in charge of Brentford.
Redfearn, meanwhile, remains under contract at Elland Road until June 30 but his situation could be clarified at today’s press conference.
The 49-year-old’s deal gives him the right to return to his old job as academy boss but Redfearn looks likely to leave the club after a scathing attack on him by Cellino in the Sunday Mirror last weekend.
Cellino said: “He has to respect the chairman. He has to respect the club. He’s like a baby.
“He’s been badly advised and used by someone. He is not a bad person but he has a weak personality.”