Brighton appoint 31-year-old Fabian Hurzeler, breaking Premier League record for youngest head coach | football news

Brighton have appointed Fabian Hurzeler as their new manager.

Hurzeler, 31, signed a three-year contract with the south coast club and becomes the youngest permanent manager in Premier League history after succeeding Roberto De Zerbi.

As Sky Sports News As reported by Hurzeler, he became one of the leading candidates for the job following his data-driven analysis and Brighton contacted St Pauli last Saturday to begin negotiations over a compensation figure.

He guided St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga after winning the Bundesliga 2 title last season.

Hurzeler said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be the new head coach of Brighton & Hove Albion.

“After speaking to Tony (Bloom), Paul (Barber) and David (Weir), it was clear that they are very ambitious. The club has a unique history and a bold vision for the future, so I am really excited to be part of the project.

“The club has made incredible progress over recent seasons and the aim is to continue to build on that success. I am relishing the opportunity to coach in the Premier League and can’t wait to meet the players, staff and of course Por Of course, the fans.”

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Hurzeler guided St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga after winning the Bundesliga 2 title last season

Brighton chairman Bloom said: “From the start of the process to appoint our new head coach, Fabian was always a standout candidate and one who caught our attention with his exceptional work at St Pauli over the last 18 months.

“He has a style of play that aligns with how we want a Brighton & Hove Albion team to play, and I am sure it is one that our supporters will appreciate and enjoy.

“Fabián also has an excellent coaching record and has worked with the German federation at various age group levels. We are very excited to start working with Fabián to prepare for next season.”

He has already shown in a relatively short space of time as a coach that he is one of the most innovative coaches working in football and we are looking forward to preparing for next season.

Paul Barber, Vice President and CEO of Brighton

Sky Sports News reported that former Seagulls boss Graham Potter would not return for a second spell as head coach despite talks between him and the club.

The Englishman is now of interest to Leicester with Potter on their shortlist to replace Enzo Maresca, who left the newly promoted team to become Chelsea manager.

Hurzeler will be introduced to the media at a press conference on July 2.

“Hurzeler already has excellent knowledge of the team”

Brighton manager David Weir said:

“We will work closely with Fabián to help him adapt and get to know the club, the staff and the area.

“Fabián already has excellent knowledge of our team and our players, and we will work to strengthen an already very strong team during the transfer window.

“We will confirm all of Fabian’s immediate staff in due course, although Andrew Crofts and Jack Stern will be part of that coaching group, as first-team coach and goalkeeping coach respectively.”

Why Brighton have signed Hurzeler

Fabian Hurzeler

This probably won’t be the first time you’ve seen his age mentioned and it definitely won’t be the last. That’s to be expected considering the seven-year gap between Hurzeler and the league’s next-youngest manager, Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna.

Hurzeler had never been in charge of a first-team side until taking over at St Pauli in December 2022. With just 18 months of management under his belt, he may look like a novice to the game, but his coaching exploits began in his 20s before retiring at 23.

Read William Bitibiri’s article on Brighton’s new boss here.

“One of the best German coaches”

St. Pauli's coach Fabian H..rzeler is lifted by fans who invaded the field after his team won 3-1 during a Bundesliga second division football match between St. Pauli and VfL, at the Millerntor stadium in Hamburg.  , Germany, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)
Hurzeler is lifted into the air by St Pauli fans after winning promotion

Florian Plettenberg, Sky Germany reporter:

“Hurzeler was a former professional footballer and started his coaching career only a few years ago. I would say he is one of the best coaches in German football. Many German clubs are also interested in him.

“On their way to promotion, St Pauli played sensational football. Hurzeler has a good character and a good guy. He is a bit like Julian Nagelsmann: they are both very modern, very confident, very brave. Hurzeler loves to attack, He wants to have the ball. He is not a defensive coach.

“I can understand why Brighton have been keeping an eye on Hurzeler. He’s very ambitious and sure he’s 31 and very young, but he has nothing to lose.

“He has a great connection with the players, he is an outstanding figure despite his age and he was absolutely accepted at the club among the fans.

“For Hurzeler, he has to ask himself if it is the right move for him at the moment, but the way he runs the team and the way he wants to play football, it could be the perfect solution and a very brave solution for Brighton on this stage.”

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