Cellino backs Rosler and not expecting promotion

Date published: Wednesday 30th September 2015 10:28

Uwe Rosler: Shown the door by Massimo Cellino

Massimo Cellino says he likes Uwe Rosler more than any previous manager at Leeds – and the Italian does not expect promotion this season.

Leeds are 15th in the Championship with 11 points from nine games following a 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Cellino dismissed four head coaches in the 13 months following his takeover of the club, but he has no plans to make another change after four months of Rosler’s reign.

“This coach is the best person for me and for the team,” Cellino told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “He’s the coach I was looking for when 20, 30 people asked me to give them the job in May. I chose him and if you gave me the choice I would choose him again.

“If someone gave me the chance to change, I would take this coach and these players because we have something good here. This guy (Rosler), he is professional. I like him more than any coach I had here before.

“He needs help, he needs help to relax a bit and to let the players relax, but believe me I’m going to let this work. Last year was a nightmare. This year feels better. I’m never happy but I think we are growing. The coach thinks that, I think that.”

Rosler made eight signings over the summer and will this week add Will Buckley to his squad on loan from Sunderland, but Cellino insists the German is under no pressure to lead Leeds to promotion this season.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s sixth, 10th, 14th, whatever,” Cellino added. “I only care about seeing this team grow and improve. If they grow, if they improve, then we’ve can say it’s a good season.

“Next season we will be in a better position for promotion. That is my view.”

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