Stan Collymore backs Leeds United for top-six spot on one condition

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Leeds United are embarking on a new challenge under head coach Uwe Rosler.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has tipped Leeds United to finish in the Championship top six this coming season if Uwe Rosler is left alone to get on with the job, he wrote on Twitter.

The former Wigan Athletic manager took over the Elland Road managerial hot-seat in May, becoming the fifth coach in 18 months to be appointed by Italian owner Massimo Cellino.

Rosler comes in having done notable jobs at Brentford and later Wigan, while the club’s summer transfer activity has been impressive with the captures of Chris Wood and Sol Bamba on permanent deals.

A real sense of optimism is starting to build around the Yorkshire club and Collymore feels they could be in for a promotion hunt, but on the one condition that Rosler is left alone to manage first-team affairs.

Not alone

As per Sky Bet, Leeds are certainly not one of the frontrunners in the race for promotion to the Premier League, as they’re priced at 10/1 to go up while only 9/2 for a return to League One.

That said, fellow pundit Robbie Savage is also backing Uwe Rosler’s side for a surprise launch on the top six, telling BBC Radio 5 Live that the club have made some decent summer acquisitions.

First-team matters

With a fairly decent squad in place backed by a number of excellent youngsters such as Sam Bryam, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook, this Leeds team has a nice look to it and could spring a big surprise.

However, as Collymore points out, Rosler must be backed by the Leeds hierarchy and trusted to take full control of first-team affairs without input from those not associated with the coaching staff.

Too much has gone off behind the scenes at Elland Road over the past 18 months and their struggles have been a clear indication that whatever they attempted previously, it simply hasn’t worked.

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