Liam Rosenior 'would be interested' in Sunderland job after Hull City sacking

Liam Rosenior, Manager of Hull City
Former Hull City manager Liam Rosenior -Credit:Getty Images

Former Sunderland striker Marco Gabbiadini reckons Liam Rosenior could be a candidate for the head coach’s role at the Stadium of Light. The 56-year-old, who played more than 150 games for the Black Cats between 1987 and 1991 scoring a hatful of goals, believes Rosenior would be interested after being sacked by Hull City on Tuesday.

Rosenior left Hull after less than two years in charge after a seventh-placed finish when the club narrowly missed out on a play-off spot. His dismissal has been viewed as harsh in the extreme. Hull were in 21st place of the Championship table when he took over in late 2022 and, playing attractive and effective football along the way, he guided them to within three points of a top-six slot.

Depending on whether Sunderland have already made their decision, Rosenior would be seen as a good option and speculation on social media suggests he could come into the reckoning. Will Still continues to be heavily linked following his Reims exit at the start of May, with Rene Maric another name being increasingly linked to the Stadium of Light.

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But Gabbiadini has now commented on the possibility of Rosenior heading to Wearside this summer.

Speaking on Total Sport, the BBC pundit said: “I think the club is enticing for a lot of people. I don’t think it’s a toxic job, but I do think there are some issues at the club that you want to clear up if you are going to come in.

“I think he’s a coach who seems to have a great reputation. Everyone you hear who talks about him, how well he conducts himself, his coaching’s good, he’s been involved at Derby beforehand. I think he would be interested in the job at Sunderland.”

The Sunderland job remains an attractive one despite the events of the season just gone which petered out alarmingly as the team ended up just six points from the relegation places under interim head coach Mike Dodds. Incredibly, the last home win came when Michael Beale was still in charge on February 10.

Rosenior, who has proved himself at Championship level, might be wary of taking on a job immediately after being sacked, especially one with such high expectation levels.

Meanwhile, according to Football Insider, Sunderland midfielder Corry Evans will depart the club on a free transfer this summer. The 33-year-old has suffered from a long-term injury this season, and he made just three appearances for the Black Cats during their 2023/24 campaign, all of which came in the club’s last three games of the season.

Having played just 65 minutes of football in this season, it is no surprise to learn the club are considering not offering the former skipper another contract.

Evans’ deal at the Stadium of Light is understood to have come with the option to extend it by 12 months, but given his age and injury record, the club have reportedly informed him they will not be taking up the option to extend it, and he will be free to find a new club this summer.