Former Wigan boss takes charge at Elland Road...
Leeds United are pleased to confirm that Uwe Rosler has been appointed as the club’s new head coach on a two-year deal.
Rosler, a former East Germany international, has built-up a strong reputation, particularly in English football, during his 10-year managerial career to date.
His playing career spanned 16 years and was largely spent in the German leagues before 1994 brought a move to Manchester City, where he was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame after four fruitful years produced 64 goals in 176 appearances.
Two years back in Germany followed – with FC Kaiserslautern and Tennis Borussia Berlin – before he soon returned to England in 2000, joining Southampton on a free transfer and then heading to West Brom on loan.
Sadly for Rosler, his playing career was brought to a premature end while representing Norwegian side Lillestrom in 2003. Just 34 at the time, he was diagnosed with lung cancer which forced him into early retirement from the game.
But he battled his way to a full recovery, obtaining his coaching badges while in remission, and took charge of Lillestrom in 2005 with former United defender Gunnar Halle as his assistant.
Rosler spent two years at the helm before moving to fellow Norwegian Premier League outfit Viking, where he spent three years and led the club to a third-place finish. He remained in Norway for his next job, moving to Molde on a short-term contract.
2011 brought his first management opportunity in English football as he took the reins at Griffin Park and guided Brentford to their highest finish in six years during his first season at the club. His second season saw the Bees agonisingly miss out on promotion from League One after losing to Yeovil in the play-off final.
Rosler’s stock was high and in December of Brentford’s 2013/14 promotion-winning campaign, he was poached by Championship side Wigan Athletic, who he guided into the play-offs and the semi-finals of the FA Cup after a remarkable turnaround in form. However, following a slow start to the last season, Rosler parted company with Wigan in November.