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Brighton appoint new head coach to exchange Graham Potter

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Roberto De Zerbi was final answerable for Shakhtar Donetsk earlier than the Russian invasion (Image: Getty)

Brighton have appointed Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach after Graham Potter left for Chelsea.

De Zerbi was final answerable for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine however left the position in July following Russia’s invasion of the nation, which remains to be ongoing.

The 43-year-old helped them win the Ukrainian Tremendous Cup in 2021 and began his managerial profession in his native Italy, taking cost of the likes of Palermo, Sassuolo and Benevento.

The Seagulls are fourth within the Premier League desk following a robust begin the the 2022-23 season.

‘I’m completely thrilled Roberto has agreed to change into our new head coach,’ Brighton chairman Tony Bloom mentioned.

‘Roberto’s groups play an thrilling and brave model of soccer, and I’m assured his type and tactical strategy will go well with our present squad fantastically.’

De Zebri has signed a four-year contract on the Amex and has change into the membership’s third supervisor since their promotion to the Premier League in 2017, following Chris Houghton and Potter.

Graham Potter left Brighton for Chelsea after three years on the Amex (Photograph: Getty)

In a press release on the membership’s web site, Brighton say his formal introduction to the media has been postponed until Tuesday as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II, with Her Majesty’s funeral going down on Monday.

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A number of names had been touted with taking the Brighton job following Potter’s departure to Chelsea, together with Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Bodo/Glimt’s Kjetil Knutsen.

However in response to deputy chairman Paul Barber, De Zebri was their first and solely decide, including: ‘We checked out a variety of fantastic candidates however Roberto was our primary alternative from the beginning and the one particular person we spoke to.

‘It’s no secret our chairman is continually monitoring potential coaches, each right here in our home leagues, all through Europe and the world over as a part of our succession planning work. 

‘We really feel Roberto is the perfect cultural and technical match for Brighton & Hove Albion, and the correct particular person to proceed the membership’s progress and work with this excellent group of gamers.’

With the season now on its first worldwide break, De Zebri’s first sport in cost is about to be on 1st October in opposition to Liverpool at Anfield.

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