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Brighton Set to Appoint Fabian Hürzeler as Youngest Premier League Manager

Brighton & Hove Albion are expected to announce this week the appointment of Fabian Hürzeler as their new head coach. At just 31 years old, Hürzeler, who led St Pauli to promotion last month, is set to become the youngest permanent manager in Premier League history.

A Rising Star in Football Management

Hürzeler, known for his data-driven approach and often compared to Julian Nagelsmann, has reportedly agreed to terms with Brighton. The club has already secured a work permit in anticipation of his appointment. Compensation negotiations with St Pauli are nearly finalized, according to sources close to the deal. Brighton’s owner, Tony Bloom, and technical director, David Weir, have been particularly impressed by Hürzeler’s achievement in returning the Hamburg-based club to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2011.

Brighton’s Managerial Search

Brighton had considered reappointing their former manager, Graham Potter, and even held exploratory talks with him after being turned down by their first choice, Kieran McKenna, who opted to remain at Ipswich. With Bloom eager to take the club in a new direction and Potter being courted by Leicester City, Hürzeler emerged as the preferred candidate. He is set to succeed Chris Coleman as the youngest manager in Premier League history, breaking Coleman’s record set when he took charge of Fulham at 32.

Hürzeler’s Background and Achievements

Born in Houston, Texas, to a Swiss father and German mother, Hürzeler played for Bayern Munich’s academy and in Germany’s lower leagues before transitioning to a managerial role. He initially became player-manager for fourth-tier Pipinsried and later gained prominence as an assistant coach for Germany’s under-18 and under-20 teams. Hürzeler was appointed as an assistant coach at St Pauli under Timo Schultz and took over as head coach in December 2022 at the age of 29. He transformed a team facing relegation threats, achieving 10 consecutive wins and leading St Pauli to promotion with an attacking 3-4-3 formation.

Comparisons to Nagelsmann

Hürzeler’s rapid rise and success have drawn comparisons to Julian Nagelsmann, the current Germany manager, who became the youngest manager in Bundesliga history at 28. However, Hürzeler remains humble about these comparisons. “Of course, I always hear those comparisons with Julian Nagelsmann but like I said: ‘I must stay humble and walk my own way,’” Hürzeler has said. “I can’t do it the same way because that is the Julian Nagelsmann way, and I try to go the Fabian Hürzeler way.”


Brighton’s decision to appoint Fabian Hürzeler marks a bold move towards a fresh and innovative approach in their Premier League campaign. With his impressive track record and forward-thinking methodology, Hürzeler is poised to bring new energy and success to the club. Brighton fans eagerly await the official announcement, hopeful that this young manager will lead the team to greater heights.

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