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Graham Potter’s replacement has been found at Brighton

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Roberto de Zerbi, a former manager of Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk, has been named manager of Brighton.
The 43-year-old Italian has been jobless since leaving Shakhtar in July as a result of the conflict in Ukraine.

Subject to receiving a work permit, De Zerbi has agreed to a four-year contract with the Amex Stadium.

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Graham Potter, who left Brighton to take over for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea last month, was Brighton’s top pick to replace him.

De Zerbi, a former Napoli player who excelled during his three years as coach at Sassuolo in Italy, has brought his coaching staff with him, albeit everyone will need work permits.

The coaching setup is anticipated to be ready for Brighton’s upcoming encounter against Liverpool at Anfield on October 1.

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Tony Bloom, the chairman of Brighton, said: “I am beyond happy that Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach.”

“Roberto’s teams play an exciting and brave brand of football, and I am certain that his style and tactical approach will suit our current group brilliantly,” said the coach.

 

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