Liam Rosenior is the latest addition to Phillip Cocu’s Derby County coaching team, with the former defender joining as Specialist First Team Coach.
The 35-year-old arrives from Brighton and Hove Albion, where he had been a part of their Under-23 coaching staff following his retirement from playing in July 2018.
Here, we take a look at Rosenior’s career in the game so far…
Rosenior was born in London in July 1984 and began his career with Bristol City, making his professional debut for the club during the 2001/02 season in the third tier of English football.
He enjoyed a successful first full campaign under the management of Danny Wilson at Ashton Gate, scoring as Bristol won the Football League Trophy with a 2-0 win over Carlisle United at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The season would ultimately end in disappointment as Bristol lost out in the Play-Offs, but Rosenior had attracted the attention of Premier League clubs, and he joined Fulham in 2003.
He spent the 2003/04 campaign on loan at Torquay United, but then returned to become a regular for the Cottagers, making 23, 27 and 42 appearances in all competitions across the following three seasons.
Despite signing a four-year extension to his contract at Craven Cottage, Rosenior departed in 2007 to join Reading, who had just enjoyed a hugely successful first season in the Premier League under Steve Coppell.
Reading could not repeat their top-half finish though, and ended up going back down the second tier with Rosenior featuring in 17 league games.
He remained a regular in the Championship during the 2008/09 season but he then joined Ipswich Town for the following campaign, before a permanent move to Hull City ahead of 2010/11.
Rosenior had the most settled spell of his career at the KCOM Stadium, and he was a regular throughout his five years with the club.
Hull had just been relegated from the Premier League following his arrival and over the next three seasons, a team was built that were capable of returning to the top flight.
Promotion was secured in 2013 with Steve Bruce’s side finishing second in the Championship to go up automatically, with Rosenior making 32 league appearances.
He scored his first Premier League goal - and his only goal for Hull - against West Brom in March 2014 and he also went on to start the FA Cup Final against Arsenal in May, with Hull ending as runners-up.
During his time at Hull, he played alongside the likes of Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone.
Rosenior only played 18 times in all competitions during the 2014/15 season and he made the move to Brighton ahead of the following campaign, before winning promotion for a second time in 2016/17.
After minimal involvement back in the top flight, Rosenior retired from playing at the end of the 2017/18 season after Brighton preserved their Premier League status.
Coaching and Media
After hanging up his boots, Rosenior took up a role with Brighton in their Academy, specifically their Under-23 side alongside Simon Rusk.
He combined his coaching role with a regular punditry position with Sky Sports, and he was a regular at Pride Park last season as Derby eventually reached the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley.