Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi to leave club | UK News

Roberto de Zerbi is due to part ways with Brighton as their manager following their season’s closing match against Manchester United this Sunday.

In his farewell comments, he expressed: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure from Brighton, yet I carry a sense of pride for the milestones achieved by my team, the staff, and the unwavering support provided by everyone in the organization, coupled with the extraordinary enthusiasm of our fans over the last two groundbreaking seasons.

“The decision for me to end my tenure here allows both the club and myself to pursue our respective paths and philosophies, aligning with our unique views, work ethics, and personal values.”

De Zerbi took the helm at Brighton in September 2022, following Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea, and quickly garnered acclaim by leading the team to an unprecedented finish in the top-flight at sixth.

This feat catapulted the club into the Europa League this season and put de Zerbi on the radar for several prestigious managerial roles.

The team under his guidance reached the last 16 in the Europa League and currently stands at 10th in the Premier League with one game remaining.

A victorious outcome against Manchester United at Brighton’s home venue, the American Express Stadium, will secure their 10th place standing. Anything less could potentially see them fall to 11th.

While his departure may come as unexpected to some fans, discussions regarding the 44-year-old’s future have been circulating for a while.

When questioned in March regarding his ongoing position and potential contract renewal, he stated: “We couldn’t come to an agreement. A contract is a component of what lies ahead. It’s significant to me, it’s significant to all, yet it’s merely a fraction. The broader aspect involves the plan. We need to discuss this with the club.”

Notably, de Zerbi has been touted as a viable candidate to assume the managerial position at Manchester United should current manager Erik ten Hag be dismissed after a less-than-stellar season.

Furthermore, he has been associated with the upcoming managerial vacancy at Germany’s football powerhouse, Bayern Munich.

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De Zerbi shakes hands with Brighton forward Danny Welbeck. Pic: AP

Brighton’s owner Tony Bloom described the mutual decision behind de Zerbi’s departure.

He remarked, “Roberto has dedicated two remarkable seasons to us which have taken the club to commendable new levels, including our unforgettable first venture into Europe, much to the delight of the Albion faithful,” he noted.

“With mutual consent, we’ve concluded Roberto’s contract at an opportune time for both of us, giving us ample time to prepare for the upcoming season, while Roberto has sufficient opportunity to contemplate his next steps and his career’s trajectory.

“Our supporters, without a doubt, will extend a warm and wholehearted tribute to Roberto and his team at the Amex on the occasion of tomorrow’s game.

“Meanwhile, I offer my gratitude to Roberto and his team for their commitment these past two seasons. They part ways with us on amicable terms, bearing our sincere best regards for their futures.”

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