Brighton have confirmed the appointment of Roberto de Zerbe as their new coach, replacing Graham Potter following his move to Chelsea earlier this month.
The Italian reached an agreement with the Seagulls over a four-year contract that was completed on Sunday afternoon after talks earlier in the week.
despite Brighton Not playing this weekend due to delays related to Queen Elizabeth II’s death, De Zerbe has already seen his new players play in a friendly behind closed doors.
After coaching in Serie A, De Zerbe made his name during a successful stint with Sassuolo and was most recently an official at Shakhtar Donetsk.
“Roberto has demonstrated his undoubted ability through his work in Italy and Ukraine, and what he achieved at Sassuolo definitely stands out,” said Brighton technical director David Weir.
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.”