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7 September 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Liam Rosenior at the Emirates Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion professional development coach Liam Rosenior highlighted the immense enjoyment he’s getting out of his new role at the club, and praised the under-23 side for their impressive start to the season.

The former Albion player is now coaching alongside Simon Rusk and Shannon Ruth in the club’s under-23 setup, and he expressed his delight towards the satisfaction he’s taking from the job.

He said, “It’s been absolutely brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better. It’s been great to work with the likes of Simon [Rusk], Jon Morling and Shannon Ruth.

“Even Vic Bragg as well, he’s been at the club for years and brought through so many players. Just sitting in the office and learning from them every day has been great.

“On top of that, the players have done really well to remain unbeaten, playing against some of the top sides in the league.

“Beating Manchester City 5-0 was brilliant. It’s been an amazing experience so far and I hope it continues.”

Rosenior, who featured in the Premier League for the Seagulls last season, is now focused on his coaching duties at the club, but insists the guidance from fellow colleagues has helped during the transitional phase.

“It’s been perfect for me. I’ve made no secret that a playing career is a journey to coaching, and I couldn’t have asked for a better club or people to begin this coaching career with.

“The hours are long and there’s not been many days off until the first international break, but it’s worthwhile - I’m improving every day as a coach and person, and I’ll continue to do that.

“Simon [Rusk] played as well and had some really good experiences during his career. He’s been great for me because he knows what it’s like to retire.

“I’ve been able to open up to him and share what I’m feeling, and he’s opened up about what he went through when he transitioned from playing to coaching.”

Albion’s under-23s have opened the Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign with four unbeaten games, and Rosenior commented on the different emotions he now feels while watching the games from the dugout.

“It’s a big difference and you feel more responsible for the collective. Beating Manchester City, I got a feeling of pride; whereas for a player, it’s more of an individual thing.

“Obviously you’re happy for the team, but if you come off the pitch and know you’ve played well, it’s an individual feeling that you get.

“I love that feeling of almost feeling responsible for the players’ performances, but then you also realise how much you can’t control on a football pitch.

“It’s about getting used to those different feelings and that’s something I've enjoyed immensely.”

Also, Liam Rosenior spoke to Seagulls TV about his new role at the club and subscribers can watch the interview below…


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