Main menu


Roberto De Zerbi appointed as Brighton head coach on four-year deal | Football News

Brighton have appointed Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach on a four-year deal.

The Italian is unemployed after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk in July following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.He spent three years in charge of Serie A side Sassuolo before moving to Shakhtar.

De Zerbi has been praised for his style of football at Sassuolo, finishing twice eighth in Serie A and winning last year’s Ukrainian Super Cup with Shakhtar.

De Zebri met with chairman Tony Bloom, chief executive Paul Barber and David Weir in London this week before flying to Brighton on Friday before attending a closed-door friendly at Amex on Saturday.

Brighton have also agreed a deal with De Zebri’s coaching team and hope to have a group ready for the Premier League clash with Liverpool every Saturday.

Robert De Zerbi has been unemployed since leaving Shakhtar Donetsk in July

Brighton are currently fourth in the Premier League and are looking for a new manager after Graham Potter joined Chelsea earlier this month.

As a show of respect to the Queen, De Zerbi will not be formally introduced to the media until Tuesday afternoon.

Chairman Tony Bloom said:

Technical Director David Weir said: “Roberto has shown undoubted ability in his work in Italy and Ukraine and what he has achieved at Sassuolo certainly stands out.

A file photo dated 30 April 2022 shows Graham Potter, the likely candidate to replace Thomas Tuchel, who Chelsea have sacked after 100 games at Stamford Bridge. Date of issue: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Former Brighton manager Graham Potter appointed as Chelsea manager

“During his short time at Shakhtar, he achieved further success, leading the club to cup success and breaking through the Ukrainian league before the war brought an abrupt halt to his time there.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Roberto to the team, to introduce him to his coaching philosophy and to provide all the support necessary to help the players continue their great start to the season. I look forward to

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paul Barber said: “We considered a variety of strong candidates, but Roberto was our first choice from the start and was the only person we spoke to.

“It’s no secret that our president is constantly monitoring potential coaches here in the domestic leagues, across Europe and around the world as part of succession planning.

“Roberto is the ideal culturally and technically for Brighton & Hove Albion and we feel he is the right person to continue the club’s progress and work with this outstanding group of players.”

De Zerbi’s coaching career so far

  • 2013-2014: He started his coaching career with the Italian amateur team Darfo Boario.
  • 2014-2016: He joined Serie C side Foggia and won the Coppa Italia Serie C, narrowly missing out on promotion.
  • 2016: He spent two-and-a-half months with Palermo in Serie A before being sacked after a poor start to the season.
  • 2017-2018: He joined recently promoted Serie A side Benevento. De Zerbi earned praise despite the team’s relegation to Serie B.
  • 2018-2021: He was appointed manager of Sassuolo, where he led the club to eighth place for the second time in a row.The 2021 European Conference League match against Roma was eliminated on goal difference.
  • 2021-2022: In September 2021, he got his first job outside Italy at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won the Ukrainian Super Cup in September 2021.

What are De Zerbi’s plans?

brighton premier league match

The Italian now has two weeks to settle down in Brighton and organize a backroom staff with Premier League players on an international vacation. , can work together.

He then began a busy month of testing in October, kicking off his reign with a trip to Liverpool on Saturday 1st October and the first to be broadcast live on Sky Sports a week later on Saturday 8th October. Amex welcomes Tottenham at home games.

De Zerbi and his team will return to Sky Sports for Friday Night Football on 14 October before heading to Brentford with Nottingham Forest on the south coast four days later.

Brighton will face Premier League champions Manchester City at Eithad on Saturday 22nd October, while former manager Graham Potter and Chelsea will play Amex on Saturday 29th October.