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Fabian Hurzeler: Brighton closing in on appointing 31-year-old St Pauli boss as new head coach

St Pauli boss Fabian Hurzeler is set to take charge at Brighton, replacing Roberto De Zerbi; the Italian left the Amex at the end of the campaign; Hurzeler, 31, guided St Pauli to the Bundesliga 2 title last season; clubs are in talks about compensation, with a work permit secured

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Who is Brighton's managerial target Fabian Hurzeler and how could his potential appointment create Premier League history?

Brighton are in talks with St Pauli about Fabian Hurzeler taking over as their new head coach, with the club having secured a work permit for the 31-year-old.

Hurzeler, who guided St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga after winning last season's Bundesliga 2 title, is set to replace the recently departed Roberto De Zerbi on the south coast this summer.

Brighton and St Pauli are in talks about compensation for Hurzeler, who the Premier League side identified following their data-led analysis.

Fabian Hurzeler

If Houston-born Hurzeler takes charge at the Amex, he will become the youngest manager in Premier League history.

Sky Sports News reported on Friday that previous Brighton boss Graham Potter would not be returning for a second spell as head coach despite talks between him and the club.

'One of the hottest German coaches' | Hurzeler a 'brave solution' for Brighton

Sky Germany's Florian Plettenberg:

"Hurzeler was a former professional footballer and only started his managerial career a few years ago. I would say he's one of the hottest coaches in German football. Many German clubs are interested in him as well.

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"On their way to promotion, St Pauli played sensational football. Hurzeler is a good character and a good guy. He's a bit like Julian Nagelsmann - they're both very modern, very confident, very brave. Hurzeler loves to attack, he wants to have the ball. He's not a defensive coach.


"I can understand why Brighton have kept an eye on Hurzeler and I think they've got a good chance to sign him. Hurzeler is very ambitious and for sure, 31 years of age is very young, but he has nothing to lose.

"He has a great connection with the players, he's a leading figure despite his age, and he was absolutely accepted around the club with the fans.

"For Hurzeler, he has to ask himself if it's the right step for him right now, but from the way he manages the team and the way he wants to play football, he could be the perfect solution and a very brave solution for Brighton at this stage."

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