Rosler’s tenure was brief, much like those of the men who preceded him, and there will be many who argue that 12 games is not enough for any manager to establish himself and begin to make progress at a club that has lacked stability for so many years.
But Rosler’s record at Leeds doesn’t hold up well when compared to the four men who worked under Cellino before him, and he will perhaps be unsurprised to find himself without a job after the 2-1 home defeat by Brighton gave this Leeds team the dubious honour of having achieved the longest run of matches without a home win in the club’s history.
As fans flock to find out the odds on the next Leeds boss, and perhaps take advantage of the free bets that online bookies offer on special markets such as these, here is a rundown of how the last five men to hold the job performed.
Rosler’s reign began brightly when Leeds held newly-relegated BURNLEY to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road. The German had benefited from one of the most fruitful close seasons in recent memory, with the club investing in players like Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas to strengthen his hand.
Fans had to wait six games before Rosler brought a win with a 2-1 victory at Derby, but Leeds were unbeaten in the league and the prospects still looked good.
Since then, home defeats to Ipswich, Birmingham and Brighton and a hammering at MIDDLESBROUGH overshadowed the four points gathered from a draw with BRENTFORD and a win at MK Dons, and a final win percentage of 16.7% was not enough to keep Rosler from the exit door.
Rosler took over the job from Neil Redfearn, who had three spells as Leeds manager, twice as caretaker and once in the role on a permanent basis.
In his final, 33-game spell, Redfearn was credited with bringing the best out of Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor as a resurgent Leeds racked up a string of wins in early 2015.
However, Steve Thompson’s suspension from Redfearn’s backroom staff coincided with an unravelling of the team’s form, and the Yorkshire-born coach left the club with a record of 11 wins, seven draws and 15 defeats – a win ratio of 33%.
A relative unknown when he arrived at Elland Road, former Slovenia international Darko Milanic was not known much better when he left Leeds after just six games in charge.
Leeds had just beaten Huddersfield 3-0 when Milanic took over, but his reign began with defeat at BRENTFORD and produced further losses to Rotherham and Wolves. He was sacked having amassed just three points from a possible 18 and not a single victory.
The football world got something of a shock when former Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday landed the top job at one of English football’s biggest clubs in the summer of 2014.
With no managerial experience in the Football League, Hockaday never looked likely to be a roaring success at Leeds, but a 1-0 win over MIDDLESBROUGH in his first home league fixture bought him a stay of execution.
Thereafter followed three defeats that culminated in a League Cup exit at the hands of BRADFORD CITY. And Hockaday left the club with his record showing two wins and four defeats from his six games in charge.
In terms of win percentage, the most successful Leeds manager to have worked under Cellino is Brian McDermott.
While McDermott’s Leeds team played most of its football while the club was in the hands of previous owners Gulf Finance House, McDermott managed to avoid the axe for a few months in 2014 and ended his time at United with a record of 21 wins, nine draws and 25 defeats – a win ratio of 38%.
To put those figures into some kind of perspective, here are the stats of some of the club’s most successful managers:
Don Revie: 53.2% wins from 740 matches
Howard Wilkinson: 52.8% wins from 411 matches
David O’Leary: 49.75% wins from 203 matches
Simon Grayson: 49.7% wins from 169 matches
Eddie Gray: 47.9% wins from 157 matches