Birmingham City's chase of Liam Rosenior leaves supporters in tears



  • Mike Gibbs is unsure whether Liam Rosenior can take Birmingham forward in League One and prefers a riskier managerial approach.
  • Birmingham are preparing for life in League One after relegation and aiming for promotion – Rosenior could manage the team.
  • Although Rosenior's track record is good, the style of play may not align with the board's vision for the club's future.

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Birmingham city are keeping an eye on Liam Rosenior after he left Hull City earlier this month.

According to Football Insider, the 39-year-old is being monitored by the Blues as they await Tony Mowbray's potential return to the club.

It remains uncertain whether the experienced coach will return to St Andrew's midway through the Championship season following a medical leave of absence.

In the event Mowbray is unable to return, Birmingham have shortlisted Rosenior as a possible replacement.

Gary Rowett was temporarily in charge but has left the Midlands side following the club's relegation to League One.

Liam Rosenior

FLW's Birmingham fan expert Mike Gibbs is unsure whether Rosenior is the man to take the Blues forward in League One next year.

He believes it could be a good time for the club to take a riskier approach to their next managerial appointment if Mowbray does indeed need to be replaced permanently.

“I think there are mixed feelings about the connection with Liam Rosenior” Gibbs told Football League World.

“He obviously did a good job at Hull. I was very, very surprised that they got rid of him because he obviously finished in seventh place and they were weak at times before that.

“His track record is very good.

“I think even when we played against them I was impressed with how they moved the ball and how they attacked.

“I guess the negative part is that I'm just going by what I've read and I'm not necessarily sure his style is what the board is looking for.


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“It's certainly not uncompromising, sometimes free-flowing attacking football.

“He sets them up pretty solid too.

“I'm a bit mixed.

“Would I be unhappy? Probably not, but there are probably better candidates.

“I really feel like this is an opportunity in League One too to really rebuild and start from scratch again. That's why I'd rather take the risk of going for someone who can potentially do what Kieran McKenna did at Ipswich and who can really change the style of play at the club and progress.

“Yes, it can go really badly wrong, but it can also go really, really well.

“I definitely prefer him to Steve Bruce 100 percent.

“I just don't like this sentence from Steve Bruce, I think it's complete nonsense.

“If you look at what they have expressed and said they want to do, I think Steve Bruce is the opposite of that.”

Liam Rosenior's coaching record

Liam Rosenior's Hull City record (all competitions as per Transfermarkt)











Rosenior oversaw 15th and 7th during his time at Hull. He gained his other previous coaching experience as an assistant at Derby County.

He was assistant to Wayne Rooney, who Birmingham fans know well from his brief spell as manager at St Andrew's this season.

Rooney played a role in the club's relegation to League One, with the team ultimately finishing just one point from safety.

The Blues finished 22nd in the Championship table, with a 1-0 final day win over Norwich City not enough to defeat their rivals.

Tony Mowbray for Birmingham City

If Birmingham are looking for a coach who can lead them to promotion next season, then Rosenior has the potential to achieve it.

He is a championship-caliber coach, so it would be questionable whether he could even be persuaded to move to Birmingham at this point.

But it could be worth the 39-year-old taking the step up to the third tier if he wants to build a long-term project at St Andrew's as it could be attractive.

However, the question of playing style could prove to be a major hindrance to his ability to achieve long-term success with Birmingham.