Roberto De Zerbe appoints Brighton coach on a four-year deal | football news

Brighton have appointed Roberto de Zerbe as their new coach on a four-year deal.

The Italian is out of work after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk in July following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He had spent three years coaching Italian club Sassuolo before leaving for Shakhtar.

De Zerbe has earned high ratings for his style of football at Sassuolo, which led them to eighth place in Serie A, and won the Ukrainian Super Cup last year with Shakhtar.

De Zerbe met Chairman Tony Bloom and Chief Executive Paul Barber and David Weir in London earlier this week and flew to Brighton on Friday before watching a closed-doors friendly at AMEX on Saturday.

Brighton have also agreed deals with De Zerby’s coaching side and hope the group is in place to face Liverpool in the Premier League next week.

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Roberto de Zerbe has been unemployed since leaving Shakhtar Donetsk in July

Brighton are currently fourth in the Premier League and have been searching for a new coach since Graham Potter’s departure to Chelsea earlier this month.

As a sign of respect for the Queen, de Zerbe will not be formally introduced to the media until Tuesday afternoon.

Chairman Tony Bloom said: “I am very pleased that Roberto has agreed to become our new coach. Roberto’s teams play an exciting and brave brand of football, and I am confident that his approach and tactical approach will fit in nicely with our current team.”

Head coach David Weir said, “Roberto has shown his undoubted ability through his work in Italy and Ukraine, and what he achieved at Sassuolo definitely stands out.

File photo on 04-30-2022 of Graham Potter, the contender to replace Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by Chelsea after 100 games at Stamford Bridge.  Release date: Wednesday 7 September 2022.
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Former Brighton manager Graham Potter is now in charge of Chelsea

In his short stint with Shakhtar, he enjoyed even more success, leading the club to cup success and topping the Ukrainian league before the war brought his time there to an abrupt halt.

“We are delighted to welcome Roberto and look forward to introducing him to our squad as well as providing all the support he needs to advance his coaching philosophy and help the players continue their great start to the season.”

Vice Chairman and CEO Paul Barber added: “We’ve looked at a handful of excellent candidates but Roberto was our first pick from the start and the only person we spoke to.

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

“We feel that Roberto is the perfect cultural and technical fit for Brighton and Hove Albion, and the right person to continue the club’s progress and work with such an outstanding group of players.”

De Zerbe’s career as a coach so far

  • 2013 to 2014: He started his coaching career with Italian amateur team Darfo Boario.
  • 2014 to 2016: He joined Foggia in the third division, won the Italian Cup, and narrowly lost promotion.
  • 2016: He spent two and a half months at Serie A club Palermo, but was sacked after a poor start to the season.
  • 2017 to 2018: He recently joined the Benevento team, which was promoted to the Italian Serie A. De Zerbe earned praise despite his team’s relegation to the Second Division.
  • 2018 to 2021: He was appointed manager of the Sassuolo team, leading the club to the eighth place in a row. He missed the Europa League against Roma on goal difference in 2021.
  • 2021 to 2022: He took his first job outside of Italy in Shakhtar Donetsk, winning the Ukrainian Super Cup in September 2021. He left the role due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

What will happen to my zerby?

Brighton Premier League matches

The Italian now has two weeks to settle in Brighton and organize his back staff with Premier League players on an international break. He will also be able to meet and work with players who have not been involved in their countries.

Then he begins a busy month of testing in October, as he kicks off his reign with a trip to Liverpool on Saturday 1 October, before welcoming Tottenham Hotspur at AMEX for their first home game a week later on Saturday 8 October, live on Sky Sports.

De Zerbe and his team return to Sky Sports Football on Friday night 14 October with a trip to Brentford, to welcome Nottingham Forest to the south coast four days later.

Saturday 22 October sees Brighton take on Premier League champions Manchester City ahead of the AMEX’s clash against former manager Graham Potter and Chelsea on Saturday 29 October.