Manager Liam Rosenior leaves Hull City after Tigers miss out on Championship play-offs

Liam Rosenior acknowledges the Hull City supporters on the final day at Plymouth on Saturday -Credit:Steven Paston/PA Wire
Liam Rosenior acknowledges the Hull City supporters on the final day at Plymouth on Saturday -Credit:Steven Paston/PA Wire

Hull City have parted company with head coach Liam Rosenior after the Tigers failed to finish inside the Championship’s top six bringing an end to his 18-month tenure, along with assistant boss Justin Walker and chief analyst Ben Warner.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle coupled with West Brom’s 3-0 home success over Preston North End meant City finished seventh in the Championship, three points adrift of the play-offs.

A run of three wins in the final 13 games having been sixth at Christmas and then again at the turn of the year, saw the Tigers slip out of the top six and as low as 10th, before recovering in the final two weeks of the season with wins over QPR and Coventry, but ultimately, the Tigers fell just short.

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Owner Acun Ilicali, Hull Live understands, spoke with Rosenior after the game at Home Park and then met with him on Tuesday to inform the 39-year-old of his decision, with the search for a new manager well underway and a desire to make an appointment as quickly as possible, to ensure the new man has enough time as possible to plan for the 2024/25 campaign and the start of pre-season training at the end of June.

Rosenior took charge in November 2022 with City struggling at the bottom end of the Championship following a poor start to the season under Shota Arveladze, stabilised by Andy Dawson’s interim spell. In his first permanent senior job as manager after leaving Derby County, the former Tigers defender guided City to safety and a 15th-placed finish last term and helped introduce his possession-based style of play throughout the club.

A busy summer of recruitment saw the Tigers sign Tyler Morton and Liam Delap on loan from Premier League giants Liverpool and reigning champions Manchester City, as well as bringing in Jaden Philogene on a permanent deal from Aston Villa.

A 4-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday got City’s season off and running after losing at Norwich on the opening day and a dismal home loss to Grant McCann’s Doncaster Rovers in the first round of the Carabao Cup, with Delap scoring the winner at Leicester City in early September.

City spent much of the early weeks of the season in and around the play-off pack and after back-to-back wins at Middlesbrough and at home to Cardiff saw them spend Christmas in sixth place and Rosenior was rewarded with a new, extended contract. A 3-1 loss at Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day was closely followed by an FA Cup exit at the hands of Birmingham City before big January signing Fabio Carvalho scored the winner at Sunderland, one of nine goals he netted in 20 games.

Carvalho’s arrival was viewed as a real coup during a transfer window which saw City sign Billy Sharp, Noah Ohio, Ivor Pandur and Anass Zaroury along with Ryan Giles and Abdus Omur as the club went all out for the play-offs, but the injury to striker Delap after that loss at Hillsborough had a big impact with him not returning until mid-April.

In recognition of City’s recovery this term, Rosenior was nominated for the Championship’s Manager of the Year last month along with Kieran McKenna and Daniel Farke, with the Ipswich boss claiming the prize and ultimately going on to seal automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Ultimately, just two home wins in 2024 and eight wins in 22 since New Year’s Day, saw City miss out on a play-off place and Rosenior has paid the price with his job after 78 matches in charge. In those 78 games, Rosenior won 27, drew 28 and lost 23, averaging 1.4 points per game.

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