Alex Mowatt's comments underline why Leeds had to fire Uwe Rosler

Alex Mowatt still believes Leeds can finish in the top six this season.

The man who replaced Neil Redfearn at Leeds United will not be at Elland Road this weekend to take on the former head coach and academy stalwart.

Uwe Rosler was fired a month ago, after a poor run of results, with Steve Evans appointed in his place.

Leeds have won two Championship games in a row, and are climbing their way back up the table.

20-year-old Alex Mowatt has scored specular goals in their recent victories, and is feeling positive about the club's season.

Asked on the SkySports FL72 Podcast where he felt Leeds could finish this season, Mowatt explained he is still eyeing promotion via the play-offs.

He said: "Hopefully top six, we won the last two so if we get a good run going, no reason why not."

He was then quizzed whether off field distractions would return for the club, and responded: "It's just Leeds isn't it."

Mowatt retains belief Leeds can achieve something positive this season, still hopeful they can realise their dream of returning to the Premier League.

This underlines just why owner Massimo Cellino was correct to fire Uwe Rosler, who had publicly stated the best the club could hope for was a top 10 finish.

Rosler told BBC Radio Leeds: "My personal aim is to finish top 10. Is that realistic? Yes. I said from day one promotion is not on my agenda, it is not possible this season."

The German may have been attempting to be honest, and to remove pressure from himself, but it backfired, with supporters frustrated with his comments, and his owner unimpressed.

Cellino told the Mirror at the time: "The fans want to dream, so why did he say that? It hurts me to fire a coach and I didn’t sleep last night after speaking to Uwe yesterday.

"I did my best to help Uwe but, in the end, I could not see a patch of blue in the sky, just cloud, cloud and cloud. I wanted the team to play heavy-rock football, but instead it was like country music."

Mowatt's comments illustrate that the squad still believe, and all it took was a couple of wins to get back on track. In a division as tight as the Championship, a positive stretch of results can make a huge difference to league position, and the season is early enough to retain belief.

Confidence and belief can be a crucial factor in helping a team convert draws into wins and losses into draws, but the opposite is also true, and the prospect of the players giving up on the season like their former head coach does not bear thinking about.

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