Rosler responds to Holt criticism

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UWE Rosler has responded to Grant Holt’s description of his treatment at Wigan as “petty”.

The striker, who is currently on loan at Huddersfield from Latics, has revealed that he has been told he will never play for the club again.

He described his treatment as “petty” pointing at the way he has not received a squad number and wasn’t asked to appear on the team photo.

Rosler has hit back saying he was never given any signs of commitment from the former Norwich man, who has made just one appearance this season when he came on as a substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat at Burton Albion.

Speaking to thew News and Star in Cumbria, Holt said: “If I don’t fit into (Rosler’s) plans, he’s the manager, it’s his opinion and that’s fine.

“It’s the way he has handled things that I disagree with. Getting left out of the team photo, under-21 games when I’ve not even come off the bench... it comes across as petty.

“He (Rosler) will probably say I could have done things differently too. But in my opinion I’ve done nothing wrong. He talked about me not being fit enough – I went away in the summer and came back four-and-a-half kilos lighter than I’ve ever been.

“When we did any run I was at the front. I did everything I was asked to do. And within three days I was told I wouldn’t play for the football club again.”

Before he left for Huddersfield, Holt was training with the under-18s and under-21s.

He also revealed that he had never played with some of his team-mates before the Burton game: “I was leaving the training ground the day before and found out I was in the squad. I’d never even trained with them.

“They took my number off me, which never bothered me – you’re going to give that to your new signing, fair enough – but to play me in a game and give me squad number 42? I thought that was strange.

“There are ways to get people out of a football club and I just wanted a fair crack of the whip. I don’t feel I’ve had that.”

“It’s probably the toughest it’s been – not being around the lads, passing them like ships in the night.”

Rosler wouldn’t be drawn in to getting into a war of words with a player who is still on Wigan’s books.

But he has revealed more on why there was a breakdown in the pair’s relationship.

“I have not read the interview, I do not know what he has said,” Rosler told the Evening Post.

“I think heading into the game tomorrow is probably not the right time to start to open up a discussion.

“The only thing I can say is that two weeks after I started in the job I asked Grant Holt to make a commitment to the club like the club made a commitment to him with the three-year contract in terms of moving closer to the area.

“Grant did not want to do that and then we both knew where we were heading.

“Grant got an unbelievable chance going to Aston Villa which we did not deny him and we moved on. When he returned to Villa I said I think it was better that we went separate ways.

“We were always honest with him, always up front. We asked for a commitment and I didn’t get that commitment and that is why we moved on.”