He said: “I actually know Uwe pretty well, and I know certain things he [Cellino] said to Uwe that we’ve talked about. He wants to be the manager, but he knows he cannot sit in that dugout. Uwe went to see him in the summer and said ‘look, we’ve got a squad of 16/17 players, we need four or five more faces’. And he [Cellino] said to him ‘you can have four or five, but four or five are leaving. That’s all you are getting’.”
What Rosler told Gray about Cellino are certainly things many would have suspected, but which have never been backed up until now.
There have been suggestions that Cellino picks the starting XI and tactical systems for every game that Leeds play, and when results do not improve, sacks whoever is in charge to lay the blame upon them.
He is known to be a very interfering owner, and it is no surprise that there is a lack of stability at Elland Road with Cellino in charge, and Rosler confirmed to Gray that many of the rumours about the Italian owner are true.
Rosler said that Cellino wants to be the manager, but knows he cannot sit in the dugout, and instead influences the team by controlling every single aspect that he can get his hands on - notably the transfer business.
Obviously Cellino has put the money into the side, and is financing signings, but Rosler has explained that he places strict restrictions on the signings that can be made.
Rosler lost his job due to poor on pitch performances and an inability to work alongside Cellino, and it remains to be seen whether new head coach Steve Evans can improve upon all the former bosses to have been in charge at Elland Road.