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Ex-boss holds no Leeds regrets ahead of EFL Cup reunion

Former Leeds United head coach, and current Fleetwood Town manager Uwe Rosler holds no bad feeling towards his former club following his sacking in October 2015 (Fleetwood Weekly News). The German was fired by owner Massimo Cellino, but was fired just five months and 12 matches into his tenure.

The two clubs face off in the EFL Cup at Highbury Stadium tonight. The 47-year-old coach took charge of his first game last weekend when drawing 1-1 away to newly promoted Northampton Town. This evening he will manage his new club for the first time in front of their home supporters.

Rosler, a former striker for Manchester City, admits that he was shocked to be dismissed by the Leeds hierarchy when he was, as he believes he was on course to achieve the targets set to him by Cellino,

“I never saw it (the sacking) coming, especially after being given the targets for the season by the owner. I don’t think you can measure me at all on 11 games. I felt we delivered on what we got hired (to do).

“We got hired to keep the team in the division. We were never in the bottom four and we made some good Championship signings – players for the short-term, medium-term and long-term future of the club. We recommended players who unfortunately just arrived after we left.”

Despite the disappointment of losing his job, Rosler maintains that he has no regrets on taking on the role and that he has now ‘moved on’,

“I never have any regrets about taking a club like Leeds United. When you are an ambitious coach or manager and you get offered that job and don’t take it, I think in the later stages of your life you will have regrets.

“Unfortunately I could not see it out or be part of the future. It was a long time ago now. I moved on and the club moved on, and I have no problems with that.”

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