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Roberto de Zerbi reveals Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola urged him to take Brighton job

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New Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi has Pep Guardiola’s seal of approval (Photograph: Getty)

New Brighton and Hove Albion boss Roberto de Zerbi says that Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola inspired him to affix the Seagulls.

De Zerbi was formally appointed Brighton head coach on Sunday, signing a four-year contract on the Amex.

He replaces Graham Potter, who had departed the membership earlier in September to take cost of Chelsea.

On Tuesday, in his first press convention as Seagulls boss, Italian De Zerbi spoke primarily via a translator, although opened with a brief assertion in English.

‘I’m sorry for my English, my objective is to begin to communicate English by January,’ he stated.

‘I’m very glad to be right here, I’m very glad to be the brand new head coach, and I wish to say thanks to the chairman and the membership. I’ve studied each single participant, and I’ll do an excellent job.

‘Brighton strongly wished me as a coach, and their fashion of play is similar to my thought of soccer. We met one another straight after we had began to speak. In fact, different groups have been occupied with me, however I’m delighted to be right here.’

De Zerbi replaces Graham Potter who has joined Chelsea (Photograph: Getty)

That is De Zerbi’s first expertise of English soccer, having beforehand managed Benevento and Sassuolo in his native Italy, earlier than a brief spell answerable for Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk final season.

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And the 43-year-old stated that it was none apart from Guardiola who persuaded him to grow to be a Premier League supervisor, including: ‘I spoke to Pep on Sunday night, sure. He’s very glad that I’m on board right here.

‘He advised me excellent issues in regards to the membership, and if I would like, he might be very glad to assist me – however in fact not within the match we’re enjoying towards them!’

De Zerbi additionally spoke of the agony of getting to go away Shakhtar early, doing so in July as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

‘In fact, I used to be not anticipating every thing to complete in February, and naturally it was unhealthy not solely because of the warfare however having to go away one thing going very properly.

‘What I can do is maintain working with the identical ardour. In fact, I’ve in me these experiences but additionally feeling for the Ukrainian folks and the gamers I educated.’

De Zerbi will make his Brighton debut towards Liverpool at Anfield on 1st October.


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