Gunnar Halle: Uwe Rosler can win promotion back to the Premier League

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Former Leeds defender Gunnar Halle has backed Uwe Rosler to take the Whites back to the Premier League.

Ex-Leeds right back Gunnar Halle has told TV2 in Norway that Uwe Rosler can take the Whites back to the top flight following his appointment this week.

Leeds appointed German Rosler as their new boss on Wednesday, with the former Brentford and Wigan manager taking the reins on a two-year contract.

After a 15th place finish last term, Leeds will be hoping for much better next term, having now been out of the Premier League for 11 years - and former Whites defender Halle believes they have the man to take them back to the promised land.

Halle, 49, joined Leeds in 1996 and spent two-and-a-half years of his career at Elland Road before joining Yorkshire rivals Bradford City in 1999.

Whilst positivity is bound to come from a former Leeds player, few are better qualified to talk about Rosler and his management than Halle, having served as Rosler's assistant in Norway with both Lillestrom and Molde.

Speaking to TV2, Halle was asked whether Rosler could finally take Leeds back to the Premier League - and Halle believes that he can based on his work at Brentford.

"Yes, I think so," said Halle when asked. "He did very well in Brentford, and also good in Wigan, although he had to leave there. Uwe knows the division very well and have good knowledge of what it takes to lift the club," he added.

Expecting promotion next season is too large of an expectation, but having guided Wigan to the play-offs in 2014, a promotion bid certainly isn't out of the question in the future.

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