Leeds United have announced the appointment of former Manchester City forward Uwe Rösler as their new manager on a two-year contract, although they are yet to confirm the dismissal of former head coach Neil Redfearn.
The Championship club survived relegation this season despite a tumultuous year that saw club owner Massimo Cellino banned from the Football League until earlier this month for a tax fraud case back in his homeland of Italy.
With the club finishing in 15th position, Cellino failed to confirm that Redfearn would remain in charge for the 2015/16 season, and a press conference was hastily arranged on Wednesday morning for 3pm today with the expectation that Rösler would be named the club’s new manager.
However, the official Leeds Twitter account jumped the gun on the press conference by announcing Rösler’s arrival shortly before 2pm, yet there was no mention of Redfearn despite his standing as manager since replacing Darko Milanic on 1 November.
It was eventually confirmed that Redfearn had been offered a position with the club's academy, but failed to confirm whether the dethroned manager would be taking them up on the offer.
Adam Pearson confirms Neil Redfearn has been spoken to regarding the situation & he has the option to return to the Academy. #lufc; Leeds United FC (@LUFC) May 20, 2015
However, Rösler did speak to thank credit his predecessor, as he "stabilised the ship very well" following Milanic's reign and left the German with a "foundation to build on."Reuse content