Brighton have appointed Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach on a four-year contract.
The Italian is unemployed after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk in July following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He previously spent three years in charge of Serie A side Sassuolo before leaving for Shakhtar.
De Zebri met chairman Tony Bloom, chief executive Paul Barber and David Weir in London earlier this week and flew to Brighton on Friday before attending a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Amex on Saturday.
Brighton have also agreed deals with De Zebri’s coaching staff and hope to have the squad in place for their Premier League clash against Liverpool a week away on Saturday.
Brighton are currently fourth in the Premier League and have been looking for a new manager since Graham Potter left for Chelsea earlier this month.
Chairman Tony Bloom said: “I am absolutely delighted that Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach. Roberto’s teams play exciting and courageous football, and I’m confident that his style and tactical approach will suit our existing squad perfectly.”
Technical Director David Weir said: “Roberto has shown his undoubted ability with his work in Italy and Ukraine, and what he achieved in Sassuolo certainly stands out.
“During his short spell with Shakhtar he enjoyed further success, leading the club to cup success and top of the Ukrainian league before war abruptly cut short his time there.
“We are delighted to welcome Roberto and look forward to introducing him to our team as well as giving him all the support he needs to introduce his coaching philosophy and help the players continue their brilliant start to the season.”
Vice President and General Manager Paul Barber added: “We looked at a range of great candidates, but Roberto was our number one choice from the start and the only person we spoke to.
“It’s no secret that our chairman is constantly scouting potential coaches, both here in our domestic leagues, across Europe and around the world as part of our succession planning work.
“We believe Roberto is the ideal cultural and technical candidate for Brighton & Hove Albion, and the right person to continue the progress of the club and work with this outstanding group of players.”
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