Hull sack Rosenior after not making play-offs

Liam Rosenior

Hull City head coach Liam Rosenior has been sacked after failing to guide his side into the Championship play-offs.

Rosenior, who had agreed a three-year deal in December, steered the Tigers to seventh place in the Championship this season – their first top-half finish since 2016.

Hull’s 1-0 defeat by Plymouth on Saturday meant they missed out on the play-offs by just three points.

But Rosenior’s efforts were enough to make him one of three nominees for the Championship manager of the season award, won by Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna.

Rosenior, 39, who was in charge for 18 months, spent five years as a Hull player and helped them to gain promotion to the Premier League in 2013.

He returned to the MKM Stadium to succeed Shota Arveladze in December 2022, having previously worked as assistant under both Phillip Cocu and Wayne Rooney at Derby.

Hull owner and chairman Acun Ilicali said in a statement, external: “This has been the most difficult decision I have had to make as chairman of this wonderful football club.

“No matter how trying the circumstance, I have to remove personal sentiment from these moments and ensure the long-term vision of the club is at the centre of my thinking.

“Since Liam’s arrival, we have enjoyed an open working relationship and progress has undoubtedly been made over the course of his tenure. I thank him for all his work.

“However, it has become evident that our visions for the future are not aligned and I feel that now is the time to make a change.

“I know what this club can achieve, and we will not stop in the pursuit of that. We now have many highly talented players at our disposal and we will continue to invest and improve our playing personnel to give this club and its fans the success they deserve.”

Liam Rosenior (Hull City)

A 2-1 win at Southampton in February lifted Rosenior’s side into the top six

Rosenior, who also played at the top level for Fulham, Reading and Brighton, began his coaching career with the Seagulls before joining Derby in 2019.

The Rams appointed him as caretaker manager at the start of last season and he remained in charge for 12 games, leaving the club after Paul Warne’s arrival.

Having steered Hull to a 15th-place finish in 2022-23, Rosenior raised hopes of a promotion challenge after a strong start – including a 1-0 win at Leicester, which made them the only team to take points off the Foxes until November.

A run of five wins out of six in the new year – including four away from home – propelled the Tigers into the play-off positions.

But they then failed to win any of their next six games and defeat at Home Park ended any lingering hopes of overhauling either West Brom or Norwich to snatch sixth place.

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