Were Hull City Right To Sack Liam Rosenior? – Opinion

Hull City have parted ways with manager Liam Rosenior following a seventh-placed finish after the club finished 15th the year before, but were the East Yorkshire club right to sack the former Derby County coach?

It was a season that saw Hull City progress eight league places from the season prior after challenging for the play-off positions all season. A loss away to Plymouth Argyle on the final day assured a three point gap between Rosenior’s side and Norwich City for the coveted sixth-spot.

In the late run-in, The Tigers were in sharp form after beating play-off rivals Coventry City; however, fans will be kicking themselves after points dropped against Middlesbrough and Watford which may have cost the club sixth.

While it is not the ending the club hoped for, it is clear to see the progress Hull have made since the club was relegated to League One by the way of a 24th-placed finish in 2020, from the outside looking in it could be perceived as a confusing decision but is there more than meets the eye to this decision?

What’s Next For Liam Rosenior?

Joining in his first full-time coaching role after being assistant to Phillip Cocu and Wayne Rooney at Derby County, many were initially surprised to see the 39-year-old take control at the K-Com however the Englishman’s skills as a manager became apparent quickly.

With an eye for a player and excellent skills in developing them, the likes of Jacob Greaves and Jaden Philogene-Bidace are now heavily touted for Premier League moves following their time under Rosenior.

As well as that, the feel-good factor has returned to East Yorkshire under his lead. With investment and direction becoming more clear since ACM Sports BV took control of the club, Rosenior has been the face of their recent successes. Relegation fodder in The Championship only two years ago, the change on the Humber is clear to see with the club looking more positive both on and off the pitch.

Despite his Hull City career being over, it is not to say that Rosenior’s Championship career is over.

Showing qualities with youth development while being able to instill a feel-good factor at a club while playing entertaining football, Rosenior would be a safe choice for many clubs in the division. While also considered very young for a head coach, the best could still be yet to come.

Money Spent?

While many have been quick to point out the quality of squad at Hull City being too high to not achieve a top six finish, it is worth noting that the club have not spent extortionately in comparison to their Championship rivals.

In fact, it comes as quite a surprise to see how City’s finances compare throughout the division, through statistics provided by Kieran Maguire via a post on X, it can be seen that Hull City have:

  • 16th highest wage bill in The Championship
  • 17th most expensive squad
  • 19th highest revenue

Also nominated for manager of the season after developing one of the most exciting young sides in the division, this feat becomes even more impressive when considering their competition with the likes of Leeds United, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion, Southampton and Norwich City – all of which have recently been Premier League sides.

It is worth pointing out that a strong contingent of Rosenior’s squad were loan signings.

Fabio Carvahlo was stunning in the second half of the season, registering nine goals and two assists in the late play-off push. Tyler Morton has impressed in the centre of the park and is sure to have Premier League suitors in the coming months. Additionally, Ryan Giles and Anass Zaroury have been top-end performers in the division throughout recent campaigns.

An Opportunity Missed?

As previously discussed, last season’s squad contained a number of top-level Championship players obtained through the loan market.

Throwing Philogene-Bidace’s buy-back clause with Aston Villa as well as Jacob Greave’s attracting heavy interest from Premier League sides into the mix, it could be an incredibly uphill battle for Hull City to have a squad of the same quality as the season just gone, therefore this could be seen as a largely missed opportunity for the club.

Under these circumstances, the Tigers could treat this as a complete reset under a new manager in the summer considering a mass exodus is currently on the cards.

It is difficult to predict what the club will look like on the opening day of the 2024-25 season, however one thing for certain is that they has come leaps and miles over recent years. However, the decision to relieve Rosenior of his duties could prove as a make or break for the progress made across the Humber Bridge.

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