The Leeds United boss has been speaking to the press this afternoon.
Uwe Rosler has given his pre-Middlesbrough press conference today with one of the obvious topics of discussion the future of Leeds United star Sam Byram.
The winger, who first emerged as a full-back, has been in the news this week after owner Massimo Cellino moaned about the player being ‘too big for the club’ after revealing he had refused a new deal at the club last year.
Rosler however made it clear today that he had no intention on speaking about the Cellino interview and that his thoughts were solely on ensuring Byram was ready for the upcoming fixture.
He is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as stating:
“I don’t want to comment on the interview, the timing or the context.
“I think in general Sam needs peace around him. That’s my agenda. He needs peace. I had many conversations with him throughout the summer because that was an underlying issue since I walked through the door.
“He’s a good lad, very understandable. I felt that with the transfer closed he can relax and know he’s a part of our club until the end of the season, hopefully for longer.
“I spoke to Sam on Wednesday. Tomorrow I will speak to him again and see where we are at.
“You’ll understand that when you speak to a player in private, that stays private. The player has to trust me. I’m searching for feedback and the player has to have the confidence to give me honest feedback. That’s where we are.”
It certainly seems as though Rosler is intent on making sure that the player-manager relationship between himself and Byram – as with all the players – remains tight, in order to get the best results on the football field.
The general opinion is that Cellino should not air his and Leeds’s dirty laundry out for all to see – but Rosler is doing his utmost to keep the situation about football and football only.
Which is where Byram must be careful. His form has not been ideal of late and the recent arrival of Will Buckley has made his position in the team much tougher to hold down.
For his and Leeds’s sake, let’s hope he has the peace Rosler is talking about.