VIDEO: Rosler accepts ‘chance of a lifetime’ at Leeds United

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UWE ROSLER insists that accepting the head coaching role at Leeds United was a ‘no brainer’ and says it is ‘a chance in a lifetime’ for him.

The German was unveiled as United’s fifth permanent head coach/manager in the Massimo Cellino era this afternoon, signing a two-year deal.

The former Brentford and Wigan boss spoke about not being cowed by the challenge of bucking the trend and becoming the man to break the cycle of continual head coaching appointments at the club.

Follow all the reaction and analysis from Rosler’s press conference

Rosler, who immediately targetted a top-ten finish after being unveiled, said: “I had one or two opportunities. But this one came available at very short notice and it can’t get bigger than this. It was a no-brainer.

“Life is a challenge and I am know what I am gettng myself in for and I have thrived on challenges and pressure all my life.

PIC: Tony Johnson

PIC: Tony Johnson

“I have been out of work and have used the last six months to educate myself and I was always keen to come back in the summer.”

Meanwhile, executive director Adam Pearson clarified the position regarding Neil Redfearn and said that the clause on the 49-year-old continuing as head coach was not activated.

Pearson confirmed that the club are awaiting Redfearn’s answer after he was offered his old role back in charge of the Academy, with the offer a “genuine and credible” one.

On whether Redfearn will stay, he said: “I couldn’t honestly answer that. The role has been offered to him and I am sure Neil will come back to me as soon as he has had time to consider it.”

Rosler has been given the licence to bring in an assistant-manager and first-team coach and Pearson said that those appointments, alongside a head of recruitment and a club secretary are likely to be unveiled in the near future.

Rosler stated that he will have an input in which players come into the club.

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