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Uwe Rösler: Lost In A Foreign Land

A story of the former East German international Uwe Rösler as he takes the reigns of Italy's fallen giants - A.C. Milan
Started on 22 May 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 9 August 2015 by Jack
Fantastic signing and also homegrown which is the best thing! Great writing and glad I took the time to read from the start :P
2015-07-09 13:23#216032 IWelshWizard : Fantastic signing and also homegrown which is the best thing! Great writing and glad I took the time to read from the start :P
Always important to keep it British imo ;) Thanks for the high praise as well :D
Loved "The request of a desperate man post" and a great signing in Berahino :) Unlucky against City but a brilliant result over Arsenal!

Busy Business at Leeds

It's been a barrage of movement over in LS11 as Leeds complete one more deal whilst letting four leave.

Rumours of an Elland Road return for Jonny Howson began circulating earlier this month as the Enzo Moretti family signalled an era of big spending.

Saido Berahino signed up earlier this month from West Brom for a hefty fee of £9.5m, potentially rising up to £16.5m. The largest sum Leeds have spent on a player in over a decade.

Jonny Howson arrived back in Leeds midway through January to discuss contract arrangements and the deal was officially signed off two days later. The Whites paid a fee of £4 million plus Luke Murphy to bring Howson back.

Following the arrival of Saido Berahino, Billy Sharp handed in his transfer request to Uwe Rösler and it signalled his way out of Elland Road.

This sent the alarm bells ringing over at Bramall Lane, as Sheffield United headed straight into talks with the striker who scored 24 goals in 37 league games for Leeds last season in the Championship.

Sharp played for The Blades between 2007 and 2009.

The additional factor that Sharp was a Sheffield United fan eased the tension in the contract discussions as Sharp left Elland Road for Bramall Lane for £2 million.

The next departure from Elland Road was the Spanish centre-back Víctor Ruiz. The 27-year-old joined in the summer from Valencia for a fee of £1.9 million and nine appearances later, Ruiz now finds himself at Atlético Madrid. Los Colchoneros paid £4.9 million for Ruiz.

The biggest transfer out of Elland Road was the departure of left-winger Cristian Tello.

The 24-year-old made 14 appearances for Leeds since arriving in the summer for £2.8 million from Liga BBVA runners-up Barcelona. This led to interest from FC Porto in Portugal who offered £9.25 million to bring the young winger to Estádio do Drago.

The transfer window still has five days left to run, and with rumours circulating that an offer for star winger Max Gradel from Southampton has been accepted, this window could go from bad to worse for Leeds.
2015-07-12 14:38#216173 Devzie92 : Loved "The request of a desperate man post" and a great signing in Berahino :) Unlucky against City but a brilliant result over Arsenal!
Thanks mate! Great to receive comments like these :D

Three Depart as Transfer Window Slams Shut

It's been a shocking end to the winter transfer window of 2016 as Leeds sell off three of their most highly rated players.

The first to leave was Chris Dawson. It was especially saddening to see Dawson leave Elland Road after joining the club's academy aged just 11 years old.

The youngster made his professional debut under Neil Warnock in the 2012/13 season but failed to make another appearance for Leeds until last season.

Dawson was been sent out on loan to Blackpool last season and made 13 appearances until January where he spent the rest of the season at Leeds, making six appearances under Uwe Rösler.

Dawson spent all season on loan to Sheffield Wednesday this season, making 21 appearances in the Championship, scoring 4 goals and creating 3. Wednesday have followed up his loan move by making it permanent, paying £1.8 million for the midfielder.

The next player to leave West Yorkshire was the Egyptian international Sam Morsy. Morsy had made incredible progress in his ability since signing up for the Whites last summer for £200,000.

He made 27 appearances in all competitions last season as he helped Leeds win promotion to the Premier League in his first season in the Championship.

Now Morsy has stepped up to the Premier League and he is blossoming into an even better player than even his manager thought when he signed him. He has made 16 league appearances in the Premier League this season and because of his growing ability, his valuation has also grown.

Stoke City first took interest in the late stages of the window but snapped the Wolverhampton-born Egyptian up on the last day for an incredible £4 million - meaning Leeds had made a £3.8 million profit on the midfielder.

The last transfer of this season is bound to hurt Leeds fans the most. Following a combined total of five years at the club (including his previous tenure), Max Gradel has left the club once again.

In 2011, Gradel was sold off as he was growing into Leeds' best player in years. He left for Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 for a fee of around £2 million. He spent three years in France before handing in his transfer request at Saint-Etienne.

Uwe Rösler refused to let this chance slip as it would bring him a million times closer to the Leeds fans if he brought their hero back. Gradel re-signed at Elland Road for a fee of £850,000 - a bargain in many people's eyes.

In his return season at Leeds he tore the Championship apart. The Ivorian netted 21 times in 37 games as Rösler's 4-3-3 formation worked a treat for the trio up front including Billy Sharp, Alex Mowatt, and Gradel himself. Only Mowatt remains at the club out of that three.

Gradel was an integral part of getting Leeds promoted, so much that he scored in the play-off final against Derby. Even in this season he has continued his excellent form, scoring 12 in 21 games, including 6 assists - an incredible return for a winger.

But unfortunately, Massimo Cellino believes this is the prime time to sell Gradel, and so the Ivorian left in tears for Southampton for a fee of £7 million.

On deadline day, though, Leeds signed up one more player. Though he may not be a first-team player, Blackpool's Dean Rittenberg has signed on loan until the end of the season. The 19-year-old has scored 11 times in 26 league games for Blackpool as The Tangerines slump further down into the relegation zone going into February.

Dean Rittenberg playing for England Under-18's.
Rittenberg was delighted to get out of Bloomfield Road apparently. The former Blackpool striker will go straight into the under-21 side at Leeds indefinitely until Rösler decides on the players future.

In what was a cram-full month, we didn't lose a single game. Okay, maybe the teams we played weren't top quality, but they were at the same level of us in terms of league stature and to not lose was a huge plus. With the likes of Gradel and Morsy missing from the squad the victories were even sweeter. Personally, I thought Southampton and Tottenham were the toughest opponents, but we dealt with them excellently in my opinion.


Norwich City vs Leeds United

Carrow Road
F.A. Cup 3rd Round

Goalscorers: Max Gradel, Ayodele Yeboah
Booked: Liam Cooper
Attendance: 24,466

Leeds United vs Crystal Palace

Elland Road
Barclays Premier League

Goalscorers: Tyler Denton, Saido Berahino (2)
Booked: None
Attendance: 27,920

Southampton FC vs Leeds United

St. Mary's Stadium
Barclays Premier League

Goalscorers: Joe Garner (2), Max Gradel
Booked: None
Attendance: 25,782

Leeds United vs Hull City

Elland Road
Barclays Premier League

Goalscorers: Sam Byram, Max Gradel, Jonny Howson, Joe Garner
Booked: None
Attendance: 34,696

Leeds United vs Oldham Athletic

Elland Road
F.A. Cup 4th Round

Goalscorers: Tendayi Darikwa
Booked: None
Attendance: 22,772

Leeds United vs Stoke City

Elland Road
Barclays Premier League

Goalscorers: Joe Garner (3), Max Gradel
Booked: Charlie Taylor, Jonny Howson
Attendance: 30,671

Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Elland Road
Barclays Premier League

Goalscorers: Jonny Howson
Booked: None
Attendance: 30,480

League Table

We only rose up one place in the league table this month, but the 13 points we picked up are extremely important to achieving European football next season. We extended our lead over Tottenham to four points, with them leading us by one point at the end of 2015. Now we only stand one point behind fourth placed Arsenal!


Our first game next month is the F.A. Cup Replay which, personally, I'm not too bothered about. But then we play in the Roses Derby at Old Trafford where we clash against our old enemy Manchester United for the second time this season. When we turn up in Salford, The Red Devils will be hoping to take the lead at the top of the league over Chelsea, whereas we will be hoping to leapfrog Arsenal into 4th place. The other significant fixture is Liverpool at home, as they sit in 3rd place, just two points away from 2nd place currently. Although, it will be difficult after losing several senior members of the first team squad in January.
Great results by the Oldham one, but confident you will get a big win in the replay.

San Siro Beckoning for Rösler?

It's been a remarkable few months for Leeds United's Uwe Rösler as he has now been linked with Italy's own fallen giants A.C. Milan.

Two managers have taken control of the San Siro reins this season, with former Croatia boss Slaven Bilic taking control until September, with Gerardo Martino replacing him.

The Argentinian took the Rossoneri down to a shocking 15th place now in the Italian top-flight. The 2011 Serie A champions have slumbered down, remaining only five points above the drop zone in the top-flight.

A.C. Milan legends such as Paolo Maldini and Marco van Basten have both been tipped for the head coach post at the San Siro, but nothing has materialised just yet.

Former A.C. Milan legend Paolo Maldini has been linked with the managerial post at the San Siro.

But it is not the two club legends named that are favourites for the job. It is instead Leeds United's own German Uwe Rösler.

The former East Germany international has taken the West Yorkshire side from second tier mid-table mediocrity to challenging for Champions League football within the two years he has been at The Whites.

Rösler, 47, has raked in praise from many pundits and of his own players, present and previous. Leeds United youngster Tyler Denton called Rösler his 'saviour' in a recent interview with the local press. The 20-year-old spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Rösler has been the most important man in my career.

"Yes, Neil Redfearn [Denton's academy coach] was a massive influence, but when I reached my 19th birthday last year I was considering going to college to go into a new department of work, Rösler sent me out to Cheltenham and it all got better.

"I must have made over 20 appearances for them and Rösler brought me into the Premier League side this year and he's been an immense impact on my life. You could go as far as calling him my saviour!"

Rösler has reportedly been offered an interview for the Italian job, but will leave it until after Leeds' clash with Sunderland to consider his options according to Italian media outlets.

Rösler Absent from Elland Road

A great home display against Liverpool was disturbed by the absence of first team manager Uwe Rösler on the touchline - where was the German?

Emre Can and former Leeds youth graduate James Milner sparked a Liverpool fight back after going 2-0 down to a Graham Barrow Leeds side after goals from Sam Byram and Saido Berahino.

The key words there were 'Graham Barrow Leeds side'. After hundreds of reports linking Leeds' German head coach Uwe Rösler to Italian side A.C. Milan, it cannot be coincidence that the manager went missing today?

Rösler has reportedly been under pressure from the boardroom.

Rumours have recently rose into the media spectrum about Rösler working under intense pressure from those of higher authority at the club.

Since the arrest of the seven board members around Christmas time, events in West Yorkshire have certainly been under the influence of constraint, reaching down from the boardroom at Elland Road.

You have to wonder why such pressure has been placed upon the man that has taken Leeds from Championship mediocrity to Premier League success within the two seasons he has been in Leeds.

So was Rösler at a supposed interview with representatives from A.C. Milan reportedly arriving in Leeds? Especially after all the rumours, you'd have to think so.
Will he stay or will he go :P
iWelshWizard: I hope so! Embarrassing to lose to Oldham!

Devzie92: We'll see ;)

Milan Name Rösler

After two years of sheer success at Elland Road, Uwe Rösler has called time on his spell in Leeds.

Following weeks of speculation, followed shortly after by absence from two games, Uwe Rösler has finally penned a three-year deal at the San Siro.

It was 'inevitable' according to some sources, some claiming Rösler was attracted to Milan job before Gerardo Martino was even dismissed from his duties in Italy.

Rösler can leave West Yorkshire with is head held high, though, marking his departure with a stamp of success now imprinted on the club's name.

Last season, Rösler took over a Leeds United team battered and bruised from the wounds they suffered the year before under three different managers - finishing 15th by the time all 46 games were played.

Darko Milanic was one of three Leeds managers who held the managerial post last season.

The German resuscitated that team by taking The Whites up into the play-offs that very next season. Experimental arrivals such as Daniel Bentley and Chesterfield duo Tendayi Darikwa and Sam Morsy paid off Rösler's faith in the lower league youth by achieving promotion after a penalty win against Derby in the 2014/15 Championship Play-Off Final.

Rösler has continued this captivating momentum going into the English top-flight this season. In Rösler's first ever season in top-flight management, he has done remarkably well, achieving a top six finish before finalising his move to Italy.

After arriving at Milan Airport earlier today he told reporters on the scene: "I am absolutely delighted to be a part of this immense club.

"I cannot wait to start my job here in Milan and I want to rebuild the club to its own former glories."

Milan are currently sat in 13th place at the time of Rösler's arrival at the San Siro, sitting nine points above the drop zone.

Milan have a profusion of deadwood within their ranks, something which Rösler will be hoping to disown in the coming months.

Shortly after my arrival, I was hit with two quite important games. The first being Cagliari, led by Gianfranco Zola. We had played two other games this month before my arrival, with a 4-0 home win against Fiorentina and a 2-1 away win against Napoli. These results set us in good stead for my first games. We drew against Cagliari but then we came up against Sampdoria, top of the league before we played them. We thrashed them 4-2 in their own back garden, with Fernando Torres and Andriy Yarmolenko getting on the scoresheet for us.


A.C. Milan vs Cagliari

San Siro
Serie A

Goalscorers: Luca Ceppitelli (own goal)
Booked: None
Attendance: 35,849

Sampdoria vs A.C. Milan

Luigi Ferraris
Serie A

Goalscorers: Fernando Torres (2), Andriy Yarmolenko (2)
Booked: Nigel de Jong
Attendance: 23,346

League Table

When I took over, we were sat in 13th place so now with our added four points we have overtaken Fiorentina and gone into 12th place, slowly staving off the possibility of relegation into Serie B, a league that hasn't arrived in the San Siro since 1983.


With only seven games remaining until the Serie A season ends, we've been dealt with a bad hand of games in April. Firstly, AS Roma travel from the capital to the San Siro in our first fixture. Giallorossi currently sit in 5th place in the Italian top-flight. We then make the non-existent journey to the Giuseppe Meazza to play our dear old friends Internazionale in the della Madonnina Derby. Our last notable fixture is the game against Allegri's Juventus - boasting the likes of Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Domenico Berardi in their ranks. The remaining fixtures will be 15th placed Palermo and 9th placed Catania.

Rösler: Summer Clearout is a Must

Milan's Robinho could see the door at the San Siro.

New A.C. Milan manager Uwe Rösler has declared he wants to ship out 'at least eight' players from his current first-team squad.

Despite only being in charge for just short of a month, the German tactician has already set out his plans for his first summer in Italy.

Rösler sold off ten players in both transfer windows for Leeds this season, the most expensive departure being Max Gradel to Southampton for a fee of £10.5 million.

The new head coach has a reputation for spilling the most out of opposition clubs offering for his players, making over £35 million just this season from Leeds' talents.

One cannot say A.C. Milan's first team is quite youthful, with only six under-25-year-old players at Rösler's disposal, but with the help of a good transfer budget, and good sales with the additional bonus of a superb academy, Rösler could definitely change that over time.

One of the main reasons for Rossoneri's recent downfall in quality is to blame for the lack of youth and occasionally pace - a must in a top-flight league like Serie A.

Juventus' side is based around strength, with a strong spine with Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal in the centre of the park and they haven't done too bad for themselves in recent times.

Juventus have hit the jackpot with their dreaded pairing of Pogba and Vidal.

Milan's failure to sell off the deadwood and bring in good quality youngsters has costed them a regular European spot, with the likes of Giampaolo Pazzini, Robinho and Riccardo Montolivo still earning mega-bucks at the San Siro, despite hardly getting a game between them.

The summer window could also potentially see the departure of Andriy Yarmolenko - the £25 million-rated Ukrainian winger. Rösler could see the opportunity to sell the 26-year-old for a large amount, with the possibility of signing many players for fractions of the sale amount.

But that may prove a challenge following Yarmolenko's intent on staying at the San Siro following Rösler's arrival.

The summer window would nigh on definitely see the end of the likes of Robinho, Alessandro Longhi and Pelé's stay at the club.

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