Uwe Rosler thanks Neil Redfearn for 'steadying ship' at Leeds, looking forward to working with youngsters

The German has taken over as head coach at Elland Road.

Leeds United have officially replaced Neil Redfearn as their head coach, with Uwe Rosler taking charge on a two-year deal.

However they have decided to offer Redfearn his old job back at the academy. The boyhood Leeds fan has helped the development of talents such as Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor at Elland Road.

That point was raised at Rosler's official unveiling today, where he had kind words to say about Redfearn and the core he had left behind for him.

He said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post:

"Neil Redfearn left a good base for me to build on. He stabilised the ship very well last season. This club has to be ambitious but expectations have to be realistic.

I can understand (the affection) for Neil Redfearn.

"I like to work with young players and have a proven track record of bringing them through."

That 'core' they speak of is undoubtedly including the four top youngsters who, next season, could form the central midfield and full-back positions at the club.

Leeds chief executive Adam Pearson also confirmed that those players will not be sold in the summer:

"The core of the team will be maintained and not sold."

There is no doubt that the rocky ship that Leeds was after the sacking of Darko Milanic was steadied by having Redfearn at the helm and Rosler is right to be thankful for the position his predecessor has left him in for the 2015-16 season.

Leeds fans will now hope Rosler can take the club forward, with little to no interruption from owner Massimo Cellino.

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