What does the 2017/18 season have in store for Uwe Rosler and Fleetwood Town?by Mike Holden / 21 July 2017, 15:46Tweet
Mike Holden (@Ratings_Mike) previews Uwe Rosler and Fleetwood ahead of the upcoming 2017/18 League One season.
Fleetwood were the surprise package in League One last season, appointing Uwe Rosler a fortnight before the campaign began, then mounting a charge for automatic promotion with a blistering 18-game unbeaten run between November and March. In the end, they ran out of steam, failing to score in seven of their last 11 outings as their Championship dream was extinguished twice in the space of a week. Senior pros Conor McLaughlin, Jimmy Ryan and David Ball have departed. New arrivals Lewis Coyle, Harvey Rodgers, Conor McAleny and Jordy Hiwula are all under 23.
Rosler’s decision to come back into management at Fleetwood raised eyebrows when he had already established himself as a Championship name but it was a shrewd move. He is thriving at a club with a clear identity and outstanding infrastructure. The German is a commander, a natural-born leader with a desire to take charge of situations and control people. It hasn’t always gone down well at previous clubs where dressing room hierarchy was already established but he’s the ideal figurehead for a young team that willingly buys into his ideas.
"I was always sure I would be here. I’m happy here, the club is happy with me and I think the players are happy. I really like the staff I’m working with. There is a harmony here and sometimes you have to value the quality of life rather than the pay cheque. This is a big season. We have to make sure we back up last season. That does not necessarily mean we finish first, second or third. What that means is that we are competitive."
Expectations have risen now that Rosler has given everyone a glimpse of the standards to which the Cod Army can aspire. Securing promotion to the Championship is no longer an abstract idea, it’s a plausible target. However, the chemistry that powered that incredible mid-season run isn’t easily recaptured and their run rate outside of the magic was 1.43 points per game, roughly 65 points over an entire season. That’s basically their station and we should anticipate a regression to that mean.