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Hull City sack Liam Rosenior after missing Championship play-offs

The MKM Stadium, Hull

Hull City have parted ways with boss Liam Rosenior after finishing outside the Championship play-offs.

The 39-year-old – who played more than 150 games for the Tigers during his playing career – had been nominated for the division’s Manager of the Year accolade this season, but has been sacked according to widespread reports on Tuesday afternoon.

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Expectations were high in East Yorkshire when City were sitting sixth at Christmas and brought in the likes of Fabio Carvalho and Billy Sharp in the January transfer window.

However, Rosenior’s side finished the season by taking only 16 points from their final 13 games, winning just three of them, and have won only twice in 11 home games in all competitions since the turn of the year.

After a three-month stint as interim manager at Derby in 2022, Rosenior was appointed at the MKM Stadium in November 2022 and signed a new three-year contract just last December.

After going down 1-0 at relegation-battling Plymouth in Saturday’s season finale, Rosenior told BBC Sport: “From where we’ve come from last season and what we’ve built there is a bedrock and a real foundation for us to go on and achieve in the long term for this club.”

But Rosenior will not get the chance to lead the Tigers into the 2024-25 campaign despite his rallying call at the weekend.

A statement from owner Acun Ilıcalı on Hull’s club website said: “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.

“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.

“Our philosophy is clear, we will continue to drive this club forward, and whilst doing so I will continue to be open and transparent with our fans.

“I know what this football club can achieve, and we will not stop in the pursuit of that. We have worked hard over the last two years to develop our squad.

“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.”

The club also confirmed assistant coaches, Justin Walker and Ben Warner have departed and a search for a new head coach is ongoing.

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Alex Hoad

Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.

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