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Brighton’s new 31 year old head coach speaks for the first time on taking charge

Brighton’s new 31 year old first team head coach Fabian Hurzeler speaks for the first time on taking charge of the club.

The appointment makes him the youngest ever full-time boss of a Premier League team, and he is raring to go.

Hurzeler guided St Pauli to the Bundesliga 2 title last season, winning 20 of their 34 matches. He comess in to replace the departed Roberto De Zerbi, and signs a contract until 2027.


We are pleased to confirm that Fabian Hürzeler will become our new men’s first-team head coach.

Fabian has agreed a contract until June 2027. Once his work permit is processed, he will begin work straight away, ahead of the squad returning for pre-season preparations in July.

Chairman Tony Bloom said, “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.”

Deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber added, “Away from the pressure of the regular season, we have taken our time to get this appointment right and are delighted to have agreed with Fabian to become our new head coach.

“He has already shown in a relatively short space of time as a head coach that he is one of the most innovative coaches working in football, and we are looking forward to getting ready for next season.”

Technical director David Weir added, “We will work closely with Fabian to help him settle in, and to get to know the club, staff and the area.

“Fabian already has an excellent knowledge of our squad and players, and we will be working to strengthen an already very strong squad during the transfer window.

“We will confirm all of Fabian’s immediate backroom staff in due course, although Andrew Crofts and Jack Stern will be part of that coaching group, as first-team coach and goalkeeping coach respectively.”

Having reached agreement with St Pauli and secured the necessary governing body endorsement from The Football Association, the club is now in a position to apply for a work permit for Fabian.

Fabian will be unveiled to the media at a news conference, attended by the club’s chairman Tony Bloom, deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber, and technical director David Weir, at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre training facility on Tuesday 2 July 2024.

The 31-year-old will link up with the players at the beginning of July after being appointed on a contract until June 2027.

Fabian said, “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.”

He will become the youngest head coach in Premier League history at 31, having guided St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga in Germany in his first full season in charge.

“I am relishing the opportunity to coach in the Premier League, and I can’t wait to meet the players, staff and, of course, the fans,” he added.

This is how fans reacted as Brighton’s new 31 year old head coach speaks for the first time on taking charge…

@berrygirl011: Welcome Fabian! Can’t wait to see what you do 💙🤍

@mark_omeara89: Sorry, not having my club’s manager be younger than me whilst I’m in my 30s

Oiii oiiii
Another year of Pascal, fucking beautiful

@NathanWestley: I understand why some will view his appointment as a risk. But what Fabian achieved at St Pauli and the style of football he implemented is impressive. Looking forward to see what he does with our team next season.

@MwepuMagic: Welcome Boss!! 💙🤍 #BHAFC

@rahulw_: Intrigued to see how this goes!

@justashcraft: Up the Albion! Let’s get it next season!

@normansmith167: Welcome 🙏 🤗

@kerrybha95: He’s officially here. And he’s beautiful 😍

@Joey73: We are winning the lot.. Uncle Tony has done it again… #BHAFC

@bryndavies: FINALLY everyone can get back to whinging on endlessly about insufficient player signings #bhafc

@joeythorpe96: Welcome to the madness that is Brighton and Hove Albion. Let’s fucking go 🇩🇪

@SarahJP26: Hooray! 😍💙🤍

@_jasminehahn: Very very VERY interested to see how this one works out. Commiserations to Pauli fans that just got promoted and now have to find a new manager to keep them up.

@jamessmccarthy: Honestly can’t wait from what I’ve seen so far this will be exciting and passionate football

@LemmyG10: Big risk, big reward. Welcome, Fabian Hürzel, big things to come. Hopefully, Deniz and Pascal stay. UTFA #BHAFC

@WWFC_ST21: A 31 year old manager is mental

@Lauren94BHA: BOLD… I love it 👏⚽️🔵⚪️🔵⚪️ #BHAFC

@bhaaaafcjames: I’m so locked in this is going to be fun

@Thomasdc05: HE’S HEREEEEEEE 😍😍😍😍

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