Pearson reveals after Leeds Rosler news was leaked, hijack attempts from rival candidates

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Uwe Rosler faced last minute competition from rivals to become Leeds United boss, it has been revealed.

Leeds United executive director Adam Pearson has revealed rival candidates made last ditch attempts to beat Uwe Rosler to the position.

News of Rosler's appointment was leaked to the media on Tuesday, with a press conference called on Wednesday morning for 2.15pm that afternoon, where the former Wigan Athletic boss was unveiled.

Speaking to the media, as filmed by LUTV, Pearson explained that there were late enquiries from would-be bosses or their agents hoping to pip Rosler to the role.

Without naming any of the candidates, Pearson explained that Leeds had already made up their minds.

Asked if there were a lot of applicants for the Leeds role, he replied: "Hundreds. Ever since it started to come out last night that Uwe was going to be appointed, my phone has been red hot with other coaches throwing their hat in the ring.

"But it was quite a definite decision by the president, I think it's the right decision for this football club."

Time will tell whether Massimo Cellino's decision to appoint Uwe Rosler was the right one, but having given the German his word - and possibly already signed on the paperwork, it was the right call not to make a last minute U-turn.

Such has been the perception of a lack of cohesion behind the scenes in recent months that anything would have been possible but with Pearson advising him, there appears to be a better structure in place now at Leeds, providing it is allowed to remain in place.

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