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New Brighton and Hove Albion boss presents his tent – ​​Brighton and Hove News

New Brighton and Hove Albion boss presents his tent – ​​Brighton and Hove News

New Brighton and Hove Albion boss Fabian Hürzeler said he wanted to “achieve great things and challenge the establishment” in his first press conference today (Tuesday, July 2).

The 31-year-old, the youngest permanent manager in Premier League history, took charge at the Amex Stadium after guiding St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga last season.

The Texas-born German coach spoke about the magnitude of his move to “the best league in the world” and said he was willing to adapt his philosophy during his tenure.

Brighton’s opening league game is away to Everton on Saturday 17th August.

Hürzeler said: “I am aware that this is a huge job. It is a big challenge and I think it takes a lot of courage and skill, so I need to remain humble.

“My targets – I want to discuss them with my players. They need to be convinced of it. They need to feel what we can achieve. That’s the main thing for me.

“I want to achieve great things and challenge the establishment.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world, with a lot of good coaches. You need your own philosophy and identity, but it’s important to take other elements and adapt.”

Hürzeler replaced Roberto De Zerbi at Albion, with the Italian stepping down at the end of last season after two successful seasons before taking charge of French side Marseille.

De Zerbi helped Brighton earn their first European adventure with a sixth-place finish in 2022-23, when they also reached the FA Cup semi-finals. And he guided the Seagulls to the last 16 of the Europa League last season.

Hürzeler added: “Roberto De Zerbi had a big impact on the world of football with a different style of football. Of course I will take some elements (from him), but I have my own philosophy and you can’t copy anyone.

“I like the football he played. He had a lot of courage with some interesting elements that I will also try to adapt to my philosophy.”

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said the decision to bring in Hürzeler for Falmer was not a gamble, despite his limited experience as a head coach.

He said: “The whole city must be very excited.

“I wouldn’t talk about it as a gamble at all. We look at everything. We put a lot of effort into the appointment of any head coach as other clubs do and we think Fabian is the best fit for the football club. He’s the lowest risk option we had.”