Football League: Rosler preview
- Fri 05 Aug 2011, 11:44AM
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
Uwe Rosler is relishing the opportunity to prove that his managerial skills travel.
After spending eight years in Norway, Rosler has returned to England to embark on a new challenge at Brentford.
Rosler is in charge at Griffin Park after beginning his management career in Norway at Lillestrom SK. He then moved onto Viking FK before saving Molde FK from relegation in September 2010. He has made five new signings for Brentford, including City’s former youth player Shaleum Logan, who spent 11 years with the Blues. The German admits he has enjoyed pre-season and is excited at the job that lies ahead.
“We’ve had a very good pre-season so far in terms of workload. We have fulfilled what we have wanted to do in terms of how we wanted to train the players, the amount of training and also in terms of results. We are pleased overall: we’ve started to score goals and create goals,” he told mcfc.co.uk.
“I’m very excited to get started and to manage in English football. For me and Peter Farrell, who followed me from Bolton, we were really looking forward to the challenge. The players responded well to news ideas of training, new exercises and to the way we wanted to play.
There are a lot of similarities to managing in Norway and England. The biggest change for me is the amount of players that are offered to me and the amount of contacts with agents that you have
“I was very happy for Dickov last season that he got into management and he did well with Oldham Athletic. I worked alongside Steve Eyre in the Academy at City for five months and I knew he is very highly regarded and has great qualities.
“I wish both of them the very best of luck, but when they are playing us I hope we can beat them. I hope they have success in the clubs they are working for.
“I couldn’t single out who I regard to be our main competition in League One this season. We are competing with everybody. Brentford have established themselves as a mid-table side in League One and I want to reach a new level with them.
“We want to close the gap to the play-off places and hopefully sneak in there come the end of the season. That would be a fantastic achievement.”
Rosler has invited Wembley-bound Blues to Brentford's opening game of the season against Yeovil Town on August 6, hoping that City fans will be able to build a special bond with the Bees and help cheer the German to victory.