'Time to make a change' - Bristol City's Championship rivals Hull sack former Robin as manager

Former Bristol City midfielder Liam Rosenior has been sacked as Hull City manager after missing out on a Championship play-off place by three points.

Rosenior was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, having been nominated for the Championship Manager of the Season award just last month, losing out to Ipswich Town’s Kieran McKenna, and after signing a new three-year deal in December.

The Tigers were beaten 1-0 by Plymouth Argyle on the final day of the season and fell short of sixth-placed Norwich City by virtue of seven goals and three points following two transfer windows of heavy investment by owner Acun Ilicali.

Hull spent more than £6million to bring Aaron Connolly and Jaden Philogene to the MKM Stadium, while significant fees and wages were invested on the loans of Liam Delap, Tyler Morton, Fabio Carvalho and Anass Zaroury.

Rosenior, who made 161 appearances for Hull as a player, has been in charge for the last 18 months under Turkish media magnate Ilicali’s ownership. He said: “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,” he said.

“Since Liam’s arrival, we have enjoyed an open working relationship and progress has undoubtedly been made over the course of his tenure. He will always be a part of this family and 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.”

Rosenior came through the Robins academy before making his debut in 2002 and was part of the 2003 Football League Trophy-winning squad at the Millennium Stadium. He left Ashton Gate later that year to join Fulham and went on to have a successful playing career with the Cottagers, Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion before retiring in 2018.

After working as an EFL pundit on Sky Sports, he stepped into the dugout with Brighton U23s before assisting Wayne Rooney at Derby County, a spell that helped him earn the Hull job in November 2022.

Bookmakers have named Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom, Rangers assistant Alex Rae and ex-Sunderland and Stoke City manager Alex Neill as the frontrunners with Nigel Pearson, who has previously served as Tigers boss from 2010-11 when Rosenior was a player, also among the early favourites.

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