Football | Brighton appoint Roberto De Zerbi as manager
Brighton have appointed Roberto De Zerbi as manager following Graham Potter's departure to Chelsea.
The 43-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the Seagulls, with his background team also joining the Premier League club.
De Zerbi left his role as Shaktar Donetsk manager, where he won the Ukranian Super Cup last year, in July following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.
After spells with Foggia, Palermo and Benevento, the Italian earned a strong reputation during his three year tenure at Sassuolo, who he guided to back-to-back eighth place finishes in Serie A.
Like Potter, De Zerbi's teams typically play an exciting and entertaining brand of football, and the former Serie A footballer agreed to take over the first team at the Amex Stadium after meeting with club representatives Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and David Weir in London earlier this week.
"Roberto’s teams play an exciting and courageous brand of football, and I am confident his style and tactical approach will suit our existing squad superbly," chairman Bloom said.
“We looked at a range of excellent candidates but Roberto was our number one choice from the start and the only person we spoke to," deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber added.
Brighton have enjoyed a superb start to the season, and are sitting fourth in the Premier League table, having collected 13 points from six matches.
Their attractive style of football has earned rave reviews, leading to Chelsea's decision to replace Thomas Tuchel with Potter earlier this month.
De Zerbi has two weeks to settle into the role before Brighton's trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool on October 1st, before clashes against Tottenham and Brentford.