Rosler made ‘mistake’ signing Riera and Delort

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler

UWE Rosler’s signings of Oriol Riera and Andy Delort for Wigan Athletic last summer have been slammed - by his new boss at Leeds United.

The two strikers cost a combined fee in the region of £5million last summer, but neither man settled at the DW Stadium.

Spaniard Riera notched just once in the first half of last term with Frenchman Delort failing to trouble the scorers, and both returned to their homeland on loan in January.

Massimo Cellino, who hired Rosler last month to succeed ex-Latics midfielder Neil Redfearn, admits he was in the market for Delort before walking away.

And he says he would not have sanctioned either transfer had he been Rosler’s boss.

“Delort - I was signing him...but after 65 seconds I got up from my chair and walked away, because they were looking just for the big deal. He came here just to take the money.

“He (Rosler) also made a mistake with the Spanish one, too.

“If Uwe had been my coach, I would have said: ‘Be careful, we will take a one-year loan with a right to buy because that first year is very important. Otherwise we do not buy him’.

“That’s the experience you need to cover your coaches, and I will give Uwe my full support.”

Cellino favours a more democratic recruitment structure, with the head coach not taking total responsibility for incoming deals.

“A coach with good potential can realise his potential if the club is strong to look after him,” Cellino told the Mirror.

“If you leave him too much alone, it can kill him.

“Why does he have to buy? He should propose.

“That is the big mistake they make in England.

“We have to work together, we share the responsibility.

“If we choose a player together and we make a mistake, it is our mistake - not his.”