Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft has described Leeds United’s decision to sack Uwe Rosler as both stupid and sad, writing on social networking site Twitter.
After just two wins in 11 Championship fixtures, owner Massimo Cellino has decided enough is enough and sacked Rosler, immediately replacing him with former Rotherham United boss Steve Evans.
Rosler promised much, but performances weren’t great and a six-game winless home run – added to five games at Elland Road towards the end of last season - set an unwanted club record.
Still, with less than a quarter of the season gone, one can’t help but feel the decision was a little premature and Rosler’s former Lillestrom teammate Fjortoft has shared his sympathies.
Firing Uwe Rösler. What a stupid thing to do! Feeling sad for Uwe - Feeling sad for Leeds United - Feeling sad for Leeds United fans— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) octubre 19, 2015
Fjortoft and Rosler were teammates at Norwegian outfit Lillestrom only briefly in 2002, but during that time he would have got to know the German’s likeable traits of hard work and dedication.
The Leeds job has become somewhat of a joke during Cellino’s reign as owner, a sad state of affairs considering the prestige of once landing the post during the club’s better days.
But can Cellino be blamed for wielding the axe on Rosler’s time at Elland Road? After all, the supporters displayed plenty of disgruntlement on Saturday and key players have underperformed.
If there is one thing going for Leeds right now it is the quality of players which have through their youth ranks in recent seasons, with Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram the pick of the bunch.
However, all three have been far from their best this season and that’s down to the manager.
Rosler knew what he was getting himself in to from the very start, and arguably his self-confidence and high expectations – ‘heavy metal’ football springs to mind – was ultimately his downfall.