Uwe Rosler: Leeds United appoint fifth head coach in less than a year

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler has previously had stints in charge of Lillestrom, Viking and Molde in Norway

Championship side Leeds United have appointed Uwe Rosler as their fifth head coach in less than a year.

The former Brentford and Wigan boss has signed a two-year deal at Elland Road.

Neil Redfearn ended the season in charge of the team but his head coach deal ends this summer and it is unclear if he will accept an offer to return to his previous job with the academy.

Rosler said: "This is a chance of a lifetime at a great club with great potential."

Former Manchester City striker Rosler has been out of football since being sacked by the Latics in November.

He led Wigan to the Championship play-offs, losing to QPR, and the FA Cup semi-final in 2013-14 after joining them from the Bees in December 2013.

"It all happened in quite a short period," he added. "I had a meeting with Massimo Cellino and (executive director) Adam Pearson and we got on with it. I'm very happy to sign a contract.

The hottest seat in football? Leeds under Cellino
Head coachTime in charge
Brian McDermott*April 2014 - May 2014
David HockadayJune 2014 - August 2014
Darko MilanicSeptember 2014 - October 2014
Neil RedfearnNovember 2014 - May 2015
Uwe RoslerMay 2015 -
*McDermott was in charge at Elland Road from April 2013

"There are short memories in football but I am very proud of my work at Brentford and the first seven months at Wigan but I have a point to prove.

"My aim for this season is to get more points than last time. Top 10 would be progression."

Pearson confirmed that Redfearn had been told his deal as head coach would not be continued and that he was currently considering the offer to return to his job as head of the academy.

Rosler will be the fifth person to lead the team since Massimo Cellino took over at Leeds in April 2014.

Manager Brian McDermott left the club last May as the Italian wanted to work with a head coach and director of football model.

McDermott was surprisingly replaced by former Forest Green boss David Hockaday but he lasted just six games before being sacked in August and his replacement, Slovenian Darko Milanic, was dismissed after failing to win any of his six games in charge.

Cellino then turned to academy boss Redfearn but his position has looked uncertain since his assistant Steve Thompson was suspended without reason in April.

Last week, in his first news conference since returning to the club following his Football League ban for being found guilty of tax evasion, Cellino said he had not decided who he wanted as head coach next season.

However, he called Redfearn "a baby" and "weak" in an interview with the Sunday Mirrorexternal-link and it is understood he has still not spoken to the 49-year-old since coming back to Elland Road.