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Uwe Rosler's response when asked whether Massimo Cellino has interfered with Leeds team selection

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler insists that Massimo Cellino has not tried to interfere with his team selections so far.

Uwe Rosler has told Sky Sports FL72 Podcast that Massimo Cellino has not interfered with team selection during his time at Leeds United.

Cellino has developed a reputation as one of the more outspoken individuals in the Football League, but Rosler insists that their relationship is a positive one at the moment.

The German says that although it has been a learning curve dealing with Cellino since he moved to Elland Road, he very much respects the chairman's opinion.

"It's fascinating working with him," Rosler said. "It's a big learning curve for me, though. He's very knowledgeable and has a strong football opinion.

"It's very important for me to manage outputs, to create a relationship where we exchange opinions, but I only took the job under the reassurance that I would be picking the team, the tactics and have an influence over who is going in and out.

"He has never tried to interfere, from day one we had an open relationship. We have discussions on how we can improve our football club, and I value his opinion. He respects mine, too.

"Our relationship will be tested throughout the season. There will always be situations where things might not go quite so right, but so far, so good. I'm really enjoying my time at Leeds."

Cellino has operated with a trigger-happy approach since taking charge at the Whites, with managers not typically lasting long in the job.

However, there appears to be a genuine intention to plan for the long-term with Rosler at the helm, and Leeds have made a promising start under his stewardship.

The Whites are currently sat in 10th place in the Championship table, and they have lost just once so far in the league this season.

It leaves optimism high at Elland Road, and a win against Middlesbrough on Sunday would heighten the belief that a very productive season could be on the cards in West Yorkshire.

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