During the latest edition of The Price of Football podcast, football finance expert Kieran Maguire talked about potential replacements for Greg Clarke, who resigned from his position as chairman of the Football Association last month after using an offensive term when referring to black players, and Maguire made a case for current Derby County coach Liam Rosenior to be considered for the position.
Rosenior, who has been working as a coach at Pride Park since July 2019, is on the six-person panel that is overseeing the selection of Clarke’s successor but the 36-year-old may well be the best man for the job in the view of Maguire, based on what he had to say on this podcast.
Here is what Maguire said about the possibility of Rosenior becoming the next FA chairman:
“If they want to go for somebody younger, and I think this would be a radical choice, but somebody who I have met on occasion who’s just amazed me with his depth of knowledge and understanding of the game, I’d actually go for Liam Rosenior, who’s presently involved at Derby County.
“He is an incredibly smart guy, well-versed in all aspects of football, and I think it would be a change to have somebody younger, I think it would be a change to have somebody from a different background, having been a player himself.”
Would Rosenior be a good choice of successor to Clarke?
TIF Thoughts on what Maguire had to say about Rosenior…
Given that he is a well-respected coach, perhaps Rosenior’s current club Derby should be considering him for the manager’s position at Pride Park, with Derby yet to appoint a permanent successor to Phillip Cocu following his sacking last month.
Rosenior was part of the four-man interim coaching team that initially took charge at the East Midlands club following the departure of Cocu, but Wayne Rooney, who was also part of that coaching setup, has since been appointed Derby’s interim manager so perhaps he is looking more likely to actually assume the role permanently than Rosenior is, even though Rosenior is more qualified than him.
If he is overlooked by the Rams, perhaps Rosenior should be considered for the role of FA chairman if, as Maguire suggested, he is as well-respected for his understanding of all areas of the game as he is for his coaching acumen.
However, as he has stated that becoming a successful manager is his “goal in life” in the past, perhaps Rosenior himself would prefer to stay on his current path for now.