Cellino didn’t give Rosler enough time at Leeds: Bamba

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LEEDS UNITED captain Sol Bamba has described the decision to sack Uwe Rosler as “harsh” – but has pledged his support to new incumbent Steve Evans.

United owner Massimo Cellino axed Rosler – after just 12 matches in charge – on Monday, the fifth head coach he has fired since taking over at Elland Road 18 months ago.

Former Rotherham United manager Evans was subsequently appointed as Leeds’ new boss with the Scot taking charge for the first time in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Fulham. Bamba, who famously criticised Cellino’s running of the club when delivering strident views at the end of last season, believes Rosler was not afforded enough time to prove at the United helm.

Yet equally, with the decision made, he is now keen to move on and believes that Evans should now be afforded the chance to establish himself in the United hot-seat.

On the decision to dispense with Rosler, Bamba said: “Personally, I think it is harsh. The owner knows me and

he says he appreciates me as a captain because I say the truth.

“I spoke to him after he made that decision and I said every club needs stability.

“If anyone wants to get a big club promoted, you need time. I said this to the manager (Rosler) and he was disappointed.

“From a personal point of view, I am very disappointed as I had a good relationship with the manager and he made me captain and it’s a huge honour and I can’t thank him enough.

“But that’s football, I am here with a job to do and I am a professional, so that’s what I am going to do.

“We’re in the business of results and we know it and we are all disappointed for him. But we are professionals with a job to do so we move on. But the decision was harsh and we all know that.”

Evans is the latest in a long line of managers attempting to somehow break the sequence and secure some longevity under Cellino – with the vibes from his opening game at the helm at Craven Cottage being encouraging.

And Bamba believes that the 52-year-old’s trademark passion and ‘great character’ can resonate with United’s fans and the players – in need of a lift after a tough past month – in the weeks ahead.

Bamba said: “He’s a great character. He has got his message across and I think that is what we need.

“He is passionate, we need that and I hope we can take it on and do good things for the club.

“Hopefully I can build a good relationship with him and so far, he’s been good.

“He deserves a chance now, definitely and he’s the manager now and there’s nothing else we can do. I think we all have to work together.

“He speaks a lot, which is great because he will get the lads going and that’s what we definitely need.

“If he can keep getting his message across, I think we can achieve some good things.

“The fans are like everyone else. They are disappointed because the manager has been sacked a bit early.

“But now we have got him (Evans), there’s nothing we can do but give him a chance and take him on board.”