Brighton have appointed former Shakhtar Donetsk and Sassuolo boss Roberto de Zerbi as manager.

The Italian, 43, has been out of labor since leaving Shakhtar in July due to the warfare in Ukraine.

He was Brighton’s first alternative to exchange Graham Potter, who give up to take over from Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea this month.

Former Napoli midfielder De Zerbi, who impressed throughout three years in cost at Italian membership Sassuolo, has introduced his teaching employees with him, though all will want work permits.

It is hoped the teaching construction will be in place for Brighton’s subsequent match against Liverpool at Anfield on 1 October.

“I am absolutely thrilled Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach,” said Brighton chairman Tony Bloom.

“Roberto’s teams play an exciting and courageous brand of football, and I am confident his style and tactical approach will suit our existing squad superbly.”

Technical director David Weir said: “Roberto has proven his undoubted potential along with his work in Italy and Ukraine, and what he achieved at Sassuolo actually stands out.

“In his short spell with Shakhtar he enjoyed further success, leading the club to cup success and topping the Ukrainian league before the war brought an abrupt halt to his time there.”

De Zerbi is barely Brighton’s third everlasting manager since Sami Hyypia resigned in 2014.

He flew to England on Friday evening and watched a behind-closed-doors pleasant at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Fourth within the Premier League, they haven’t performed since Potter’s departure, with matches against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace postponed.

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