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Brighton turn to Hurzeler to replace De Zerbi

Hurzeler gets his chance in the Premier League after success with St Pauli last season

Amex Stadium

Brighton today confirmed the appointment of 31-year-old Fabian Hurzeler as their new head coach.

Hurzeler becomes the youngest permanent head coach in Premier League history after agreeing a three-year contract at the Amex Stadium.

He takes over from Roberto De Zerbi after guiding St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2011.

He told the club’s official website: “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 they are highly ambitious. Brighton have a unique history and a bold vision for the future so I am truly excited to be part of the project.

“The club has made incredible progress over the last few seasons and the aim is to continue building on that success.”

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

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

“Fabian also has an excellent coaching pedigree and has worked with the German federation at various age group levels. We are really excited to start working with Fabian to prepare for the upcoming season.”

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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.