Middlesbrough's Championship rivals make big manager decision as Hull City sack Liam Rosenior

Hull City have sacked manager Liam Rosenior after missing out on the Championship play-offs.

A shock to many, Rosenior's exit comes just weeks after he was nominated for the Championship Manager of the Year award. But following Saturday's defeat to Plymouth Argyle, and West Brom's victory over Preston North End, Hull finished outside of the top six and have taken the decision to part company with the young head coach after just 18 months in charge.

Hull and Boro competed for the top six throughout the campaign, though it was Hull who always held the advantage in the race, having come to the Riverside in December and won. They ended up finishing only one place and one point above Boro, however.

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That followed a disappointing run of only two home wins in 2024 and eight wins in 22 since New Year’s Day, despite their heavy investment in the January transfer window. As well as securing loans for Liverpool's Fabio Carvalho, Luton's Ryan Giles, Noah Ohio (Standard Liege) and Anass Zaroury (Burnley), they also signed Billy Sharp, Ivor Pandur and Abdus Omur permanently.

Hull certainly went big in their attempt to make the top six and their failure to do so sees Rosenior pay the price. Our sister site Hull Live claim the process of hiring a replacement is well underway, with a desire to make a quick appointment in order to fully prepare for next season where they will hope once again to rival Boro for a top-six finish.

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. He guided them to safety and a 15th-placed finish last term before this season's rise to seventh. In 78 games in charge, Rosenior won 27, drew 28 and lost 23, averaging 1.4 points per game.