Brighton release statement as Roberto De Zerbi quits club on eve of final Premier League game

Brighton release statement as Roberto De Zerbi quits club on eve of final Premier League game

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Stuart Ballard

By Stuart Ballard

Published: 18/05/2024

- 16:37

Updated: 18/05/2024

- 16:59

Roberto De Zerbi has been linked with a number of top jobs around Europe.

Brighton have released a statement confirming that Roberto De Zerbi will leave the club this summer following the club's final game of the season.

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom paid tribute to the Italian, who joined the club as Graham Potter's successor in 2022.

He said: “Roberto has given us two excellent seasons of service in which he has led the club to new heights, not least our first ever European campaign which will live long in the memory of Albion fans.

“We have mutually agreed to end Roberto’s contract at a time that suits both parties allowing us the earliest opportunity to plan for next season, and Roberto plenty of time to consider his next move and his future.

Roberto De Zerbi will leave Brighton this summer

Roberto De Zerbi will leave Brighton this summer


“I am sure our fans will give Roberto and his staff a wonderful and fully deserved send off at the Amex before, during and after tomorrow’s match.

“In the meantime, I’d like to thank Roberto and his staff for all their hard work in the past two seasons. They all leave our club on good terms and with our very best wishes for the future.”

De Zerbi also hinted that he plans to take a job outside of the Premier League next having been linked with taking over at Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

“I am very sad to be leaving Brighton, but I am very proud of what my players and staff have achieved with the support of everyone at the club and our amazing fans in the past two historical seasons," he said.

“We have agreed to end my time at Brighton so that the club and I can continue to work in the way that suits each of us best, following our own ideas and visions, as well as our work and human values.

“I have really enjoyed an intense and challenging two years working in the Premier League, not least competing in four major competitions this season.

"Leaving now provides me with time to take a break before deciding on my future plans.”

De Zerbi helped Brighton secure their best-ever league finish of sixth in his debut campaign.

Roberto De Zerbi is a wanted man by some top clubs

Roberto De Zerbi is a wanted man by some top clubs


That saw Brighton secure European football where they made it to the last-16 of the Europa League.

But the Seagulls have been unable to replicate the kind of form they showed last season as they sit 10th in the table going into the final game of the season unable to climb any higher.

A large part of that will likely be down to them selling midfield duo Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister last summer while Robert Sanchez also left the club.

Julen Lopetegui  is seen as an option

Julen Lopetegui is seen as an option


Joao Pedro has proven to be a good signing with the 22-year-old bagging 20 goals in all competitions while Pascal Gros was the main creator in midfield.

Carlos Baleba was brought in as Caicedo's replacement, but the 20-year-old is seen as someone who will likely grow into his role.

Brighton are now on the hunt for De Zerbi's successor with a host of names touted as possible options.

Julen Lopetegui looks set for a return to the Premier League this summer and is the bookies favourite to take the job at the Amex, but West Ham are also linked with the Spaniard.

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