Fleetwood Town boss will go on the attack

Towns new manager Uwe Rosler watched their friendly defeat against Wigan Athletic on Friday
Towns new manager Uwe Rosler watched their friendly defeat against Wigan Athletic on Friday

Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley welcomed a ‘new era’ at Highbury after Uwe Rosler was unveiled as the club’s new head coach on Saturday.

The 47-year-old former Manchester City player watched Town’s final friendly 4-3 friendly defeat against his old club Wigan from the directors box with Pilley and Town’s technical director Gretar Steinsson on Friday.

He put pen to paper on a two-year deal fewer than 24 hours later as Town moved quickly to secure Rosler’s services with the new League One campaign kicking off at Northampton on Saturday.

And Pilley says the Cod Army should be excited about Rosler’s favoured attacking style of football and believes Rosler can build a new era at the club.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have agreed a deal to name Uwe Rosler as our new head coach.

“He’s a hugely experienced, respected and knowledgeable coach in the game and the fact we have been able to attract him to Fleetwood Town shows just how far we’ve come.

“We had an incredible level of applicants for the job and we are delighted to say Uwe was our number one choice.

“His attacking style of football is something which excites me and I’m sure excites the fans of Fleetwood Town. We are now looking forward to a new era at Highbury.”

Rosler moved into management in Norway with Lillestrom and Viking before guiding Brentford to promotion from League One in 2012.

He then moved into the Championship with Wigan Athletic, reaching the play-offs and an FA Cup semi-final, before enjoying a spell at Leeds United.

He will meet the players and take training for the first time today.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have an agreement in place and I am now really looking forward to starting work.

“Fleetwood is a special club with a special recent history in the way they have grown the club and the facilities, as well as winning so many promotions to now be playing in League One.

“I had several options in the UK and abroad but I was waiting for an opportunity and challenge like this to come along.

“The discussions I had really impressed me and I feel I can put my stamp on Fleetwood Town.

“I am very ambitious and I know the owner is too, we all want to be successful here together.

“The club is a huge success story so far and hopefully I can now help write a new chapter.”