Uwe Rösler

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Uwe Rösler
Uwe Rösler 01.jpg
Rösler in 2009
Personal information
Full name Uwe Rösler
Date of birth (1968-11-15) 15 November 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Altenburg, East Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current club Wigan Athletic (manager)
Youth career
0000–1981 BSG Traktor Starkenberg
1981–1987 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig 3 (0)
1988–1989 BSG Chemie Leipzig 27 (6)
1989–1990 1. FC Magdeburg 46 (19)
1990–1992 Dynamo Dresden 46 (7)
1992–1994 1. FC Nürnberg 28 (0)
1993–1994 Dynamo Dresden (loan) 7 (0)
1994–1998 Manchester City 152 (50)
1998–1999 1. FC Kaiserslautern 28 (8)
1999–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin 28 (6)
2000–2002 Southampton 24 (0)
2001 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 5 (1)
2002 SpVgg Unterhaching 14 (5)
2002–2003 Lillestrøm 11 (10)
Total 419 (112)
National team
East Germany U21[1] 6 (1)
1990 East Germany 5 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Lillestrøm
2006–2009 Viking
2010 Molde
2011–2013 Brentford
2013– Wigan Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Uwe Rösler (born 15 November 1968) is a German football manager and former player. He currently manages Wigan Athletic in the Football League Championship.

Rösler played for several clubs, most notably Manchester City, where he was the leading goalscorer for three consecutive seasons from 1994–95 to 1996–97, and Kaiserslautern, where he played in the UEFA Champions League. Rösler also played five times for East Germany.

Club career[edit]

Germany[edit]

Born in Altenburg, Rösler started his career in his native East Germany, joining Lokomotive Leipzig in 1987, where he spent one season, before moving on to BSG Chemie Leipzig in 1988. Following this he transferred to 1. FC Magdeburg in 1989, where he spent a year before signing for Dynamo Dresden in August 1990. After two years with Dresden, he also spent two years with 1. FC Nürnberg, where he failed to score once in 28 games, resulting in him being loaned back to Dresden for the second year. Having grown up in the East, where players were officially regarded as amateurs, Rösler found it difficult to adapt when he moved to the West after reunification: "I suddenly saw more individualistic thinking, cliques, a powerful press and personal politics around team selection. The Wall was still there in some people's heads and in many ways I was naive."[2]

Rösler (right) training with Dynamo Dresden in December 1990

Manchester City[edit]

In March 1994, Rösler joined Manchester City on trial. Given an opportunity in a reserve match against Burnley, he scored two goals, which resulted in a three-month loan.[3] He made his first team debut the following Saturday, against Queens Park Rangers. A return of five goals in twelve games saw the move made permanent in the close season,[4] reports of the transfer fee varying between £375,000 and £500,000.[5][6]

After an ignominious start to the 1994–95 campaign, when he was sent off in a 3–0 opening day defeat at Arsenal,[4] Rösler formed a productive partnership with Paul Walsh, and scored 22 league and cup goals despite missing several games through injury. In an FA cup match against Notts County he scored four goals, becoming the first Manchester City player to score four in an FA Cup tie since Johnny Hart in 1953.[4] His performances that season meant he was the club's leading goalscorer, and he won the club's Player of the Year award.[5]

At the start of the 1995–96 season, Alan Ball became manager and immediately changed the nature of the side. Despite City's obvious strengths down the flanks, the team was adapted to play through the middle of the park. With no supply line from the wings (City's other winger Nicky Summerbee often playing at right-back), and with the loss through injury of Beagrie and the shocking sale of Walsh, Rösler struggled in this season. Many felt that he and fellow striker Niall Quinn were too similar to play in a system that didn't feed strikers effectively and Rösler clearly became unhappy. Much publicised disagreements with the manager culminated in Rösler being dropped from the side, only to be brought on as a sub in the Manchester derby and immediately score a phenomenal goal. Rösler's goal celebrations saw him running to the bench, shouting at Ball and pointing to his name and squad number on the back of his shirt. City were relegated to Division One at the end of the campaign, but Rösler opted to stay with the Blues. Despite another difficult campaign, Rösler again finished top scorer and clearly benefited from the return to a 4–4–1–1 formation. After another spell out with injury, Rösler would eventually leave the Blues in May 1998 on a free transfer following relegation to Division Two. In his four years at City he played 176 games, scoring 64 goals. He was admitted to City's "Hall of Fame" in December 2009.[7]

Return to Germany[edit]

In the summer of 1998, Rösler returned to Germany joining Kaiserslautern, then reigning German champions, for one season. His most remarkable game there was on 9 December 1998 when he came on as a substitute against HJK Helsinki and scored a second half hat-trick as Kaiserslautern won 5–2, helping them to win their group in the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League,[8] before going out in the quarter-finals to Bayern Munich. He then moved on to Tennis Borussia Berlin for the 1999–2000 seaon.

Southampton[edit]

When Tennis Borussia went bankrupt in the summer of 2000, Glenn Hoddle snapped Rösler up on a free transfer, but he was unable to become a regular in Saints' first team as James Beattie started to find his form (scoring 10 goals in 10 games in November and December). Rösler also suffered a groin injury which required surgery, keeping him out for several weeks. Although he was a whole-hearted and committed player, he only managed to score once for the Saints, in a Worthington Cup game at Mansfield.[9]

Rösler scored the last ever goal at The Dell on 26 May 2001 in a friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion – who were selected as Southampton's opponents as they had been the stadium's first visitors when it opened in 1898 – as Saints won 1–0.[10] However, the distinction of the last competitive goal at The Dell went to Rösler's team mate Matthew Le Tissier, who had scored a late winner in the 3–2 Premier League win over Arsenal seven days earlier.[11]

In the following season, he only made a handful of appearances before being loaned out to West Bromwich Albion on 30 October 2001, as cover for the injured Scott Dobie.[12] He made his debut away at Crystal Palace on 31 October 2001, and his only goal for Albion came in a 1–0 home win over Nottingham Forest four days later.[13] Rösler played just five games for West Bromwich Albion, as he joined German side SpVgg Unterhaching on a free transfer in January 2002, who went on to win promotion as Division One runners-up at the end of the 2001–02 season.

Lillestrøm[edit]

In July 2002, Rösler signed for Norwegian club Lillestrøm. He played 11 matches and scored 10 goals for the Canaries in the latter part of the 2002 season.

After the first match of the season in 2003, in which he was the match winner in a 1–0 win over Bodø/Glimt, Rösler was diagnosed with cancer when x-rays discovered a tumour in his chest, and had to put an end to his playing career.[14] After chemotherapy, he made a full recovery. While in remission he obtained his coaching badges, to enable him to continue working in football.[14]

International career[edit]

Rösler made his debut for East Germany on 26 January 1990 in a 2–1 win over Kuwait.[15] He was capped five times, scoring no goals.[16]

Management career[edit]

Lillestrøm[edit]

Uwe Rösler as manager for Viking on 13 April 2009 in a 0–0 draw against Lyn

After making a full recovery from lung cancer, he returned to Lillestrøm, and took the managers seat in 2005. He led Lillestrøm to two successive fourth place finishes in the league, and also took them to the final of the Norwegian Cup in 2005 and the Royal League final in 2006, subsequently losing both. These results failed to satisfy the Lillestrøm board, and on 13 November 2006 he was sacked from his position along with assistant coach Gunnar Halle.[17]

Viking[edit]

Rösler was appointed manager of Viking, another Norwegian team, on 22 November 2006,[18] replacing Tom Nordlie, who took over Rösler's old job at Lillestrøm. In the 2007 season he led Viking to a third place in the Norwegian Premier League.[19] On 18 November 2009 it was announced that Rösler was leaving Viking.[20]

Molde[edit]

On 31 August 2010, he was hired by Molde on a short-term contract. During Molde's last eight games of the season, he doubled the team's total number of points, didn't lose once, and saved them from relegation.[21] He was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjær in November 2010 ready for the start of the 2011 season.[22][23]

Brentford[edit]

In November 2010, Rösler expressed his desire to return to the Premiership as a manager.[24] In June 2011 he was appointed manager of Brentford on an initial two-year contract.[25]

Rösler's first game in charge was a practice match against Strømmen, which ended 0–0,[26] while his first game open to fans was a 10–0 victory over Tonbridge Angels[27] and his first competitive match in charge ended in a 2–0 win over Yeovil Town. Rösler had a successful first season managing at Brentford, finishing in ninth place with a total of 67 points,[28] Brentford's highest league finish in six years.

In Rösler's second season in charge of Brentford they came within minutes of securing promotion from League One to the Championship. For their final game of the season, on 27 April 2013, they faced second placed Doncaster Rovers at Griffin Park, with Brentford in third place only a win would see his side promoted. In the final minute of added time and with the game at 0–0, Brentford won a penalty. On-loan striker Marcello Trotta insisted on taking the penalty rather than captain, Kevin O'Connor, hitting the crossbar. Doncaster counter-attacked from the rebound and James Coppinger scored the goal which guaranteed Doncaster's promotion as well as the league title.[29] Brentford entered the play-offs, where they were drawn in the semi-final against Swindon Town.

Despite beating Swindon in an almost equally dramatic manner, eventually succeeding via a penalty shoot-out after a 4–4 aggregate scoreline. However promotion was never to come for Rösler's Brentford as they were beaten 2–1 in the play-off final by Yeovil Town at Wembley, after a poor first-half performance.

Following the drama and disappointment of the 2012–13 season, Rösler embarked upon a heavy overhaul of his squad in order to finally gain promotion to the Championship. In the summer transfer window. 13 players were either signed or loaned from other clubs whilst only three of last-season's first-team squad were sold.

Rösler left the position of Brentford manager on 7 December 2013 and on the same day it was announced that Rösler had been officially appointed as the new Wigan Athletic manager.[30][31] Under the stewardship of former Sporting Director Mark Warburton, the Bees achieved promotion to the Championship on 18 April 2014.[32]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

His first game in charge came on 12 December 2013, a 2–1 loss against NK Maribor in the UEFA Europa League.[33] In March 2014, Rösler returned to Manchester City and led Wigan Athletic to a shock 2-1 victory over his old club at the Etihad Stadium in the quarter final of the FA Cup.[34] However, his team lost in the semi-finals to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium, losing 4–2 on penalties after a 1–1 draw.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[1][35][36][37][38][39]

Club performance League Cup Other Continental Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
East Germany League FDGB-Pokal DFV-Supercup Europe Total
1987–88 Lokomotive Leipzig DDR-Oberliga 3 0 1 0 2 0 6 0
1988–89 BSG Chemie Leipzig DDR-Liga 27 6 27 6
1988–89 1. FC Magdeburg DDR-Oberliga 9 3 9 3
1989–90 24 11 24 11
1990–91 NOFV-Oberliga 13 5 4 0 17 5
1990–91 Dynamo Dresden 13 3 2 0 15 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFL-Supercup Europe Total
1991–92 Dynamo Dresden Bundesliga 33 4 3 2 36 6
1992–93 1. FC Nürnberg 28 0 3 3 31 3
1993–94 Dynamo Dresden 7 0 1 0 8 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 Manchester City Premier League 12 5 0 0 0 0 12 5
1994–95 31 15 4 5 3 2 38 22
1995–96 36 9 5 2 3 2 44 13
1996–97 Division One 44 15 3 1 2 1 49 17
1997–98 29 6 2 1 2 0 33 7
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Total
1998–99 1. FC Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 28 8 2 1 1 0 6 3 37 12
1999–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin 2. Bundesliga 28 6 2 3 30 9
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Southampton Premier League 20 0 2 0 2 1 24 1
2001–02 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
2001–02 West Bromwich Albion Division One 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Total
2001–02 SpVgg Unterhaching 2. Bundesliga 14 5 0 0 14 5
Norway League Norwegian Cup Europe Total
2002 Lillestrøm Tippeligaen 10 9 0 0 2 0 12 9
2003 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total East Germany 89 28 1 0 8 0 98 28
Germany 138 23 11 9 1 0 6 3 156 35
England 181 51 16 9 13 6 210 66
Norway 11 10 0 0 2 0 13 10
Career total 419 112 28 18 14 6 16 3 477 139

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 18 April 2014[40]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Lillestrøm 1 November 2004 13 November 2006 55 24 16 15 43.64
Viking 22 November 2006 18 November 2009 89 37 24 28 41.57
Molde 30 August 2010 31 December 2010 8 6 2 0 75.00
Brentford 10 June 2011 7 December 2013 136 60 40 36 44.12
Wigan Athletic 7 December 2013 Present 31 18 8 5 58.06
Total 318 144 90 84 45.28

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