Bees fans are holding their breath as manager Rosler begins talks with Wigan over replacing Owen Coyle at the DW Stadium. The 45 year old German, who had a successful spell with Manchester City in his playing days, has been given permission to speak to the Latics and a deal looks close, despite Brentford confirming that Rosler has taken charge of training today and will be in the dugout for tomorrow's game against Carlisle in the FA Cup. Rosler would leave Griffin Park after two and a half years in the role, but would depart with the Bees sat in fourth place in the League One table – a strong foundation for his successor to build upon.
Wigan on the other hand, have struggled since the departure of Roberto Martinez and the Owen Coyle era ended very quickly. Coyle saw his Wigan side lose four of their last five games, and a 3-1 home thumping to Derby County was the final straw for chairman Dave Whelan, who sent Coyle packing less than six months after his appointment. The challenge of balancing Wigan's Europa League campaign with an attempted promotion push proved too much for Coyle, and now they turn to Rosler in order to salvage their season.
Wigan's interest in Rosler isn't a shock, as a successful start to management in Norway has been followed up by impressive displays with Brentford. Rosler guided Brentford to within one kick of promotion, only for Marcello Trotta to miss a last gasp penalty against Doncaster Rovers and sent them into the nightmare of the playoffs. An equally dramatic semi-final with Swindon Town ended in Brentford coming through on penalties – ironically – but couldn't see off Yeovil Town in the final, as the Glovers ran out 2-1 winners.
Many people expected an emotional hangover for the club having been so close to promotion not once but twice, and whilst there have been some disappointing results, Rosler has the Bees firing on all cylinders once again, as they lie just six points off the automatic promotion spots. The desire to avenge last season's heartbreak was displayed when Rosler decided to bring Trotta back on a loan deal from Fulham, despite the Italian's missed penalty.
There were tears in Rosler's eyes after their missed opportunity against Doncaster, and there will almost certainly be again if he leaves Brentford. Before he arrived, the Bees were a midtable League One side. They are now a promotion challenging team with a 20,000 seater stadium on the way. Whilst it will be difficult for anyone to emulate Rosler, the future looks bright for Brentford – with or without the German.
As for Wigan, the impending appointment of Rosler would take them back to a more continental style of play, which worked so well under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez. The DW Stadium is used to witnessing attractive, passing football and Dave Whelan must have had that in mind when seeking out Rosler to replace Coyle.
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