Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion have appointed former Sassuolo boss Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach on a four-year contract following the departure of Graham Potter.
The Italian, 43, began his managerial profession within the nation’s decrease leagues earlier than he caught the attention of Serie A facet Sassuolo, guiding them to successive eighth-placed finishes within the league earlier than departing for Shakhtar Donetsk in Might 2021.
A former Napoli midfielder, De Zerbi led Shakhtar to the Ukrainian Tremendous Cup final 12 months earlier than his time on the membership was lower brief following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Shakhtar have been high of the home league when it was halted as a result of warfare.
“I’m completely thrilled Roberto has agreed to grow to be our new head coach. Roberto’s groups play an thrilling and brave model of soccer, and I’m assured his type and tactical method will go well with our current squad beautifully,” mentioned Brighton chairman Tony Bloom.
De Zerbi takes over from Potter, who left for Chelsea earlier this month after three extremely profitable seasons in cost.
The Englishman helped Brighton to ninth place final season – their highest-ever end within the high flight.
“Roberto has proven his undoubted potential together with his work in Italy and Ukraine, and what he achieved at Sassuolo actually stands out,” mentioned Brighton technical director David Weir.
“We look ahead to offering all of the assist he must introduce his teaching philosophy and assist the gamers proceed their sensible begin to the season.
De Zerbi shall be formally unveiled earlier than the media on Tuesday.
Brighton, fourth within the league standings with 13 factors from six video games, subsequent journey to Liverpool on October 1, after the worldwide break.