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Roberto De Zerbi is considered a great coaching talent. © APA/afp / GLYN KIRK

Big bang: De Zerbi leaves Brighton

Roberto De Zerbi, who was considered a possible successor to Thomas Tuchel at FC Bayern Munich, is leaving Brighton & Hove Albion.

As the Premier League club announced on Saturday, the collaboration with the 44-year-old Italian will end by mutual agreement after the last matchday this Sunday. “We have agreed to end my time in Brighton so that the club and I can continue our work in the way that best suits both sides, following our own ideas and vision, work and human values,” De Zerbi is quoted as saying.


The Italian had previously confirmed that he did not want to leave his club. “If you ask me whether there is any club that can change my mind: No, there isn't one. “I would like to stay at Brighton to achieve the highest possible goal every season,” the 44-year-old was quoted as saying by “The Athletic” magazine. “But first we have to analyze the situation with Tony (Bloom, owner of the club), Paul (Barber, managing director) and David Weir (technical director).” De Zerbi’s contract in Brighton originally ran until the summer of 2026.

Great coaching talent

De Zerbi led the English first division football team into the Europa League last season, but the club is only in tenth place in the Premier League before the last matchday on Sunday after recent weak performances. The Europa League ended in the round of 16. According to media reports, club owner Bloom is planning a change in the coaching bench, and Thomas Frank from Brentford FC is said to be the top candidate. Regarding the transfer rumors surrounding him, De Zerbi continued: “When I say that there is no club that can change my idea, then I have always been honest, there is no club that stands behind me.”

Roberto De Zerbi coached Sassuolo in Serie A. © ANSA / SERENA CAMPANINI


The Italian will be grateful to Brighton boss Bloom for the rest of his life for bringing him to the Premier League. “We can disagree when it comes to the transfer market, goals or the organization of the club. But the owner is more important than the coach," said De Zerbi: "The coach can say his opinion and I always want to say my opinion because I think I have the right to do so."

Clear path to Bavaria?

De Zerbi was considered a coach at several top European clubs, including FC Bayern. If he were to be an issue, according to the media, Bayern would receive a transfer fee in the low double-digit million range. This could now be obsolete.

The Munich team is still looking for a successor for Tuchel, who will finally leave the club in the summer. Before that, the commitment of the Austrian team Ralf Rangnick, Xabi Alonso from champions Bayer Leverkusen and national coach Julian Nagelsmann in Munich had not worked out.

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