New Brighton boss ‘wants to challenge the establishment’ – FTBL

New Brighton boss ‘wants to challenge the establishment’ – FTBL

New Brighton manager Fabian Hurzeler said he wanted to “achieve great things and challenge the establishment”.

The 31-year-old, who is 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 is willing to adapt his philosophy during his tenure.

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

“I’m aware that this is a huge job. It’s a big challenge and I think it takes a lot of courage and skill, so I need to stay humble,” Hurzeler said in his first news conference as Brighton manager.

“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 I want to 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.”

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

Hurzeler 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 cannot copy anyone.

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

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said the decision to bring Hurzeler to the south coast club was not a gamble, despite his limited experience as a head coach.