Roberto De Zerbi to leave Brighton by mutual consent

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Roberto De Zerbi will leave Brighton & Hove Albion following the final game of the Premier League game of the season on Sunday.

The club have confirmed the 44-year-old will leave by mutual consent after two years in charge.

The Italian, who joined the club in September 2022, guided them to their highest-ever top-flight finish in his first campaign and in turn helped them qualify for the Europa League for the first time.

With one game remaining — against Manchester United at Amex Stadium — they sit 10th in the Premier League table.

“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,” De Zerbi 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.”

Coaching staff members Andrea Maldera, Ricard Segarra, Marcattilio Marcattilii, Vincenzo Teresa, Agostino Tibaudi, Marcello Quinto and Enrico Venturelli will also leave the club. Andrew Crofts and Jack Stern will remain.

Chairman Tony Bloom, 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.

“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.”

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