Brighton are one step closer to appointing Fabian Hurzeler as their new boss… with the 31-year-old American set to become the YOUNGEST manager in Premier League history

  • Fabian Hurzeler received a work permit from the governing body
  • The 31-year-old Brighton target would be the youngest Premier League manager in history
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Brighton and Hove Albion are closing in on 31-year-old Fabian Hurzeler becoming their new head coach after securing a Governing Body Work Permit (GBE).

An official approach has been made to his Bundesliga club St Pauli and negotiations are ongoing.

Hurzeler would become the youngest permanent head coach to do so in the Premier League if all goes well.

Brighton have been looking for the right candidate to replace Roberto de Zerbi as the Italian left at the end of the season and have held talks with a number of suitors including their former boss Graham Potter, Steve Cooper and Malmö’s Henrik Rydstrom.

Another target, Kieran McKenna, has decided to sign a new contract with Ipswich.

Brighton are closing in on appointing Fabian Hurzeler as the club’s new head coach

Texas-born Hurzeler has been at St Pauli for 18 months – since being appointed the club’s youngest ever coach at the age of 29 – and has just secured promotion and his return to the Bundesliga after a 13-year absence.

He had a lower league playing career with Bayer Munich’s reserves, where he was a teammate of Borussia Dortmund’s captain Emre Can, and similarly with Hoffenheim and 1860 Munich before quitting at just 23 years of age. He started coaching and won the UEFA title. For licenses in the 30

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Hurzeler visited Brighton last year to study de Zerbi’s methods and is a great admirer of the club’s methods.

He has no release clause in his contract with St Pauli, but a deal was put in place to allow him to hold talks if a top club agreed.


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