Uwe Rosler gave his first press conference as Fleetwood head coach at Poolfoot Farm today.
Rosler penned a two-year deal on Saturday but donned the obligitary scarf to meet the press for the first time at Town’s plush £8.5m training complex this afternoon.
He takes over the mantle from Steven Pressley who resigned last Tuesday and with the new League One campaign set to kick-off at Northampton on Saturday ex-Wigan boss Rosler was delighted to be back on the grass and take his first two training sessions as head coach today.
Here are the key points from today’s press gathering:
1) He wants to put his own stamp on the club and play fast, attacking football.
Town fans were used to a more defensive style of play under former boss and ex-Scotland centre half Steven Pressley who resigned last Tuesday.
Rosler is promising high-tempo football and says it is crucial that Town have match winners in both boxes ahead of the new campaign.
He said: “When I have had time to put my stamp on clubs you could see the outcome.
“I’m not mentioning the 11 games I had at my previous club (Leeds) that was a very short time but I think over time you will see a side that will have a lot of energy, that is willing to attack in numbers, that is willing to press high and fill the box.
“It is very important in football that in both boxes you have match winners to finish off the good work you do between the boxes and I think that will be crucial for us and that we have players that can score and players that can really defend with their lives so I’m looking forward to it.”
2) He wants to bring in a new assistant manager as soon as possible.
When Pressley left his number two Neil MacFarlane also left Highbury.
The remaining back room staff will be staying on but Rosler says he is keen to bring in an assistant as soon as possible with the new season round the corner.
3) He was in demand and the job offer came out of the blue but it was one he could not turn down
After nine months out of management and numerous job offers from England and abroad Rosler says the Fleetwood offer came out of the blue but was one he could not turn down.
Rosler has been out of management for nine months after he was sacked from his role as Leeds United boss in October 2015.
He admitted he has had offers from abroad and from other League One clubs but that Andy Pilley’s ambition, the £8.5m brand spanking new Poolfoot Farm training complex and the potential of the club is what lured him back into the game.
He said: “I have really enjoyed to be back on the grass I can tell you that.
I have missed it so much.
“I had real offers from abroad and I did not want to go abroad at that stage of my career. I had a couple of approaches from League One clubs but the timing wasn’t right for me to go to those clubs.
“Fleetwood came out of the blue.
“I met the owner and Gretar.
“I met Gretar a few times before but we were just discussing general football we talk about connections in the business, how we could help each other, there was never really mentioned a job in Fleetwood Town football club but then everything is changed from one day to another and I got invited and everything the owner brought forward to me made a big impression on me.
“He is so passionate and look how far this club has come with him.
“The stadium is beautiful and this training complex is beautiful, you really can work here, and that is what I always like to do, I like to go out on the grass and try to improve players and try to win football games and make the unbelievable happen, that is why I came here.”
4) He likes working with a technical director
When Rosler helped put Brentford on the path to promotion from League One in the 2013-14 season when he worked with a sporting director (Mark Warburton) before moving on to Wigan in December 2013.
And the 47-year-old says he is looking forward to working with the owner and technical director Gretar Steinsson to help move the club forward.
He said: “These days I think you have the same working areas, you call it head coach or manager, more or less I think I have always worked with a sporting director (technical director) at Brentford I worked with one, in Norway I worked with one.
“I feel the game is too complex that one person can be good in everything.
I think you have to delegate I think you have to have people in their own departments, specialists, and you have to manage all of those people, the people who are close to the first team, the players, so that is my job.”
5) He wants to evaluate his new squad fully before dipping his toe in the transfer window.
Rolser says he wants to assess the squad he has inherited from Pressley before recruiting.
He says the club is observing the transfer market but is relaxed and says the club have enough time until the transfer window shuts at the end of August to sign players if they need to.
He said: “I want to have first a good look at it, I have certain ideas (about recruitment), but I want to give the players a chance and I don’t want to only talk about it but I want to show it with my actions.
“So when I come in (and then) the next day walking two or three players in I don’t think that particularly is the right thing to do.
“Yes we are observing the market, I am evaluating the squad and we have enough time until the end of August.”
6) Despite only taking over the hot seat on Saturday Rosler says he wants everything to be as normal as possible for the players and staff ahead of Saturday’s big kick-off.
He said: “I said to the staff it is important that we keep things normal and step-by-step and we make changes or adjustments when is needed.
“We had a long training session today, intensity was very good and it is more about now to show the players in analysis sessions and on the pitch what is expected from them, what their rules and responsibilities are and I think that is the main aim before the Northampton game.”
7) Town owner Andy Pilley says Rosler’s attacking style of football can both entertain and accumulate points as Town bid to fight it out at the top of the League One table rather than the bottom this term.
He said: “I’m delighted to have got Uwe Rosler as our new manager.
“He is someone I have long admired, as a player and as a manager.
“He plays a very specific brand of football, it is a fast game that he plays, it is very attacking, it is high tempo and it is the kind of football that I like to watch as a spectator.
“I believe that our supporters will enjoy watching it, I believe it will be very successful and we will accumulate lots of points and entertain at the same time.”