UWE ROSLER has insisted that promotion is not on the agenda for Leeds United this season and has asked that he be judged on how far his team improves.
United host Championship leaders Brighton at Elland Road tomorrow and reside in the bottom half of the division in 16th place after just two wins from their opening 10 league matches.
But despite United’s lowly position, Rosler is calling on fans to be patient and look at the bigger picture, with incremental improvement following two successive campaigns when the club have finished in 15th spot in Championship being the aim.
Rosler said: “For me, it is realistic that we improve from last season. My personal aim, I said it from day one, is to finish in the top ten.
“Is that realistic? Yes. I said from day one, promotion is not on our agenda. I can understand our supporters when they think they want to win promotion this year. But I am a football coach and judge what I have available and the teams we are competing with.
“Automatic promotion or indirect (play-off) promotion this year isn’t possible. What you have to plan is improvement. You have to improve the young players and the team and our supporters should see improvement over six months and 12 months in terms of how we play, points tally and position in the league.
“I am completely for that and that is what I get judged on.”
On United’s low-key start to the season, Rosler added: “Every person can have their say and criticise us. I obviously wish we had one or two wins on the board. (But) I am disappointed where we are? Not really.
“As we heard Mr Cellino say three weeks ago on Sky, for every Leeds supporter who listened, this is where we are.
“We want to improve from last year and being two years in a row at number 15. For me, the main thing is we stay calm, improve day and day and then judge where we are at the end of the season.”