BRIGHT. English Premier League football club FC Brighton & Hove Albion has appointed Italian Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach and signed a four-year contract with him.
The 43-year-old expert replaced the fired Graham Potter, who in the meantime became the new coach of London’s Chelsea, where he took over from the German Thomas Tuchel.
“Robert’s teams play an exciting and daring style of football. I believe his approach and tactics will suit our current squad very well,” said Brighton owner Tony Bloom of De Zerbi.
The former helmsman of Sassuolo, Benevento and Palermo in Italy’s Serie A was last boss of Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk, but left the club in July due to the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
“Roberto has shown his undeniable prowess during his time in Italy and Ukraine, especially his performances with Sassuolo stand out. He also flourished during a brief stint with Shakhtar, where he won the domestic cup and led his team at the highest level until the was interrupted by war,” Brighton sporting director David Weir added to De Zerbi.
Brighton & Hove Albion FC will not officially introduce De Zerbi as their new head coach until Tuesday afternoon, as the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II takes place in London on Monday.
Brighton are currently fourth in the incomplete Premier League table with 13 points from six games in the 2022/2023 season.