Brighton Hires U.S.-Born Fabian Hürzeler as Their New Head Coach

Fabian Hürzeler with St. Pauli in May 2024
Fabian Hürzeler with St. Pauli in May 2024. Photo by Action Press/Shutterstock (14461213i)

Brighton hired Fabian Hürzeler as their new head coach. Hürzeler, who was born in the United States, became the youngest head coach in leagueleague’s history at the age of 31.

Hürzeler signed a three-year deal with Brighton and will join his new team once he receives a British work permit.

Hürzeler comes to Brighton after a hugely successful stint with German side St. Pauli. He took over as the club’s manager in December 2022 and guided them from relegation danger in 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of the German soccer system, to fifth place in the standings. He followed that up by finishing first in 2023-24 and securing a promotion to the Bundesliga, where St. Pauli last played 13 years ago.

Prior to managing St. Pauli, Hürzeler played professionally in the lower tiers in Germany and served as an assistant with the country’s youth teams.

“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,” Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said in a statement.

Brighton finished 11th in the Premier League standings in 2023-24. The club mutually parted ways with head coach Roberto De Zerbi after the season concluded.

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