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Betting suspended as Blackpool get set to appoint Derby assistant manager

Betting is finally suspended as Blackpool get set to appoint Derby County assistant manager Liam Rosenior as their new boss.

Reports via Aidan McCartney suggested the Championship outfit were ‘close’ to making Rosenior their new head coach, with journalist Alan Nixon adding that he is set to replace Neil Critchley following conversations with Derby boss Wayne Rooney.

Matt Scrafton of the Blackpool Gazette said on Monday: “Betting now suspended on Sky Bet’s market for Blackpool’s new boss, following reports Liam Rosenior is close to being appointed. However, I understand no announcement is imminent or to be expected today. More likely to be middle of the week.”

It’s understood Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff interviewed for the role, but is now expected to be named at Barnsley, whilst ex-Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton was also interviewed.

37-year-old Rosenior has been working alongside Wayne Rooney as part of the Rams coaching staff having joined the club when Phillip Cocu was in charge.

Prior to that, Rosenior’s only other coaching experience came as an understudy to Simon Rusk in the Brighton U23 coaching setup, and has also spent time in TV punditry whilst it’s also reported that he is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the sport joining the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his playing days, he played either as a full-back or winger, spending time on loan at Torquay United, where his father was manager, during their promotion season in 2003–04. He also played for Bristol City, Fulham, Reading, Ipswich Town, Hull City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Youth career
2001–2002 – Bristol City

Senior career
2002–2003 – Bristol City – 23 games (2 goals)
2003–2007 – Fulham – 79 games (0 goals)
2004 → Torquay United (loan) – 10 games (0 goals)
2007–2010 – Reading – 64 games (0 goals)
2009–2010 → Ipswich Town (loan) – 29 games (1 goal)
2010–2015 – Hull City – 144 games (1 goal)
2015–2018 – Brighton & Hove Albion – 44 games (0 goals)
Total – 393 games (4 goals)

National team
2005 – England U20 – 4 games (1)
2005–2007 – England U21 – 7 games (0)

Back in October, Liam Rosenior has admitted he has learnt ‘so much’ from manager Wayne Rooney in the most testing of circumstances at Derby County.

Speaking to RamsTV, Rosenior said: “The manager has been outstanding, and I have tried to support him as much as I can.

“The best thing I can say about Wayne is that he has been himself; he is always genuine and authentic to himself.

“He has had a lot of experience over his career both on and off the pitch, absolutely everything, but he has remained calm, measured and in control.

“Wayne is intelligent with people. He cares about them as well and he has been able to show that side to him in such a difficult time.

“He doesn’t change when he’s doing a press conference, when he is doing a team talk or when he is addressing the staff in terms of a tough moment when the club went into administration.”

He added: “I have learnt so much from Wayne in terms of how he has dealt with the pressure of the situation we are in.”

“I am really proud of everyone,” Rosenior said. “Wayne, myself, Justin Walker and Jason Pearcey are trying to manage the group in a difficult time and we’re all thriving in it.

“We are able to show what we are about and what we believe in.

“The players have been brilliant in how they’ve handled things and performed on the pitch.”

Fans reacted with betting suspended as Blackpool get set to appoint the Derby assistant manager…

@ScottRichardss: Have always been very impressed when I’ve heard Liam Rosenior talk so keen to see how he gets on at Blackpool. Could be a shrewd bit of business.

@_D_A_N__: Liam Rosenior is a superb appointment for #bfc – a really clever, well spoken guy who will give it everything he’s got. Hope they do really well. #UTMP

@seasider76: Absolutely delighted with Liam Rosenior. The @BlackpoolFC board have made an excellent choice. Can’t wait for the new season to start! #UTMP 🍊

@MattHunt99: Oh dear, as I derby fan I really feel for us, I believe he was the brains of the operation dare I say making Rooney out to be better than he is.

@The1884Rams: Liam Rosenior couldn’t be going to a better club with regards our current situation. Sure he will be a massive success and wish him all the best there. #dcfc #utmp

@PedersenBradley: Hope he smashes it 👍🏻

@liamduffy: Let’s goooo 🍊🍊🍊

@ItsMarkWebster: He’s a really astute, articulate man who’s proven himself an excellent coach. Taking the lead at Blackpool could well be the start of great things for him as a manager.

@marktheram7: Thoroughly deserved. Go smash it Liam, you’ll be missed massively by everyone.

@DerbyStatistics: Fully deserved his move, also rated him when he took charge on his own for a bit 👍🏻 Good luck Liam, you will be missed! Top man! #dcfc #dcfcfans

@stefdcfc89: Don’t blame him cant turn chance to be main man down all the best. #dcfc

@RyanHills27: Can’t begrudge Rosenior moving for the Blackpool job if he does. A loyal and underrated coach (and a good, honest guy to boot) who you *could* say was unlucky not to get the main role after Cocu. He’s more than ready to go it alone, but he’ll be a big loss. #dcfc

@Nathwyn: Good luck to Rosenior at Blackpool, great club aswell. Struggling to remember an assistant leaving to manage at a higher level than the man he was working under though!? 🧐😂 #dcfc #dcfcfans #blackpool

@lickrenton: Excited about Rosenior. Looking forward to hearing what he has to say #utmp 🍊

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