Leeds' Cellino comments on Rosler sacking, makes interference admission

Uwe Rosler

Leeds United owner admitted that he accidentally set Rosler up for a fall.

Massimo Cellino told The BBC on Friday that he had decided to sell Leeds United to the club's fans, hearing their messages for him to leave.

Supporters vented their anger at the team's weak performance in the 2-0 home loss to Blackburn, Steve Evans' first match in charge of the club at Elland Road.

Evans became Cellino's sixth head coach at the club just under a fortnight ago, replacing Uwe Rosler.

In an interview with The Times, Cellino admitted that he gave advice to Rosler which confused the coach, and did not pay off.

Denying that he had actually picked the team, Cellino did suggest he had made recommendations.

He said: "I tried to help Uwe a lot. A beautiful man, but instead of helping I gave him more problems. I don’t want to pick the team, bulls***, but watching a coach make mistakes when I have experience and want to make him better — I tried to help.”

Far from sitting in the background, Cellino's inference that he interfered is clear.

His public criticism of youngster Sam Byram may be one such instance, but ultimately the blame lies on Rosler for not being strong enough to be his own man, and starting the season so poorly that he left himself vulnerable and in a situation where Cellino felt he needed help.

He may now have learned his lesson, and Steve Evans seems even more head strong and determined to do it his own way. For Leeds United's sake, it's time to hope he can be the man to finally get it right.

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