Wigan’s coach Uwe Rösler might leave for Germany this summer. Would it be a wise decision?
The Championship team Wigan Athletic are challenging the Premier League club Arsenal London in the semi-finals of the FA Cup this Saturday and they can take optimism that they can achieve even more in this competition from their quarter-final display against Manchester City.
The father of their success is German coach Uwe Rösler who took over last December. Despite their current success in the FA Cup and the Championship, it is questionable at the moment if the team can keep their coach. The biggest German football magazine kicker linked Rösler with the Bundesliga teams Frankfurt and Leverkusen, both in need of a new coach next season.
Frankfurt seems to be really interested in the former Bundesliga player from Dresden, Nürnberg and Kaiserslautern. The club is currently in the middle of the Bundesliga table, but has played in the Europa League this season.
Leverkusen of course is even more successful and is fighting currently for Champions League qualification ahead of next season. The sporting perspectives of both teams are better than at his current club Wigan which is still struggling for promotion to the Premier League. For that reason it would be logical if Rösler went to a Bundesliga club when he gets the chance to do so.
But what about his career goals? Does he really want to go back to Germany?
In an interview two months ago with the sportsjournalist Raphael Honigstein on the internet site www.transfermarkt.de he gave an interesting insight on his future plans.
Rösler revealed in the interview that there have already been offers from teams in Germany: “There were some second division teams interested in me. But my family likes it here, it wouldn’t have been the right decision for my career plans. I want to grow personally with the challenge at Wigan and want to reach the top level - in the Premier League.”
Apparently Rösler sees his future in the Premier League and not in the Bundesliga. If he beats Arsenal on Saturday he would definitely become an interesting option for more ambitioned clubs than Wigan. He doesn’t seem to miss Germany and the Bundesliga too much, so probably it would be a good idea for Frankfurt and Leverkusen to check out some alternatives.