Uwe Rosler insists he is not backtracking on Leeds United targets after recent promotion comments

The Leeds boss maintains that he has always been aiming for top 10 this season.

Yesterday saw Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler speak to BBC Radio Leeds about his time at the club so far and his aspirations for the season ahead.

During which he made it clear that he did not expect the club to achieve promotion this season and that he would be happy with a top 10 finish come May.

It was a comment that had many the optimistic Leeds fan disappointed to the point of pessimism.

However Rosler has now defended his comments, suggesting he never intimated that anything else was the aim for this season.

He told his pre-Brighton press conference today as reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post:

"I have always made it clear we are not in a position to win automatic promotion, but nobody listens.

"I think we have a knowledgeable crowd that knows we are not in a position to challenge for automatic promotion.

"I said from day one my personal target is to finish tenth. And that's not given by the owner.

"I don't see a crisis here. My aim was to finish in the top ten. We are not a top team."

The fact is that Leeds are not one of the two best teams in the Championship this season on paper s automatic promotion is rightly not a realistic aim for the club.

Rosler is not ruling out slipping into the play-off positions but there is no doubt that the realistic Leeds fan must admit that making the top six is looking less likely after a fairly inconsistent start to the campaign.

For this season top 10 might just have to do for Leeds fans. However next season they must begin to push on for promotion back to the Premier League, where most Leeds fans believe they belong.

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