Brighton & Hove Albion have announced the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach.
The 43-year-old Italian has signed a four-year contract, subject to the granting of a work permit.
“I am absolutely thrilled Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach,” Brighton chairman Tony Bloom told the club’s official website.
“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.”
De Zerbi’s experience in football started in Italian lower leagues, with Darfo Boario and Foggia. Spells in Serie A with Palermo and Benevento followed but it was at Sassuolo where he made his name, guiding the Neroverdi to consecutive eighth-placed finishes in Serie A.
De Zerbi, who becomes the 13th Italian manager to take charge of a Premier League club, was most recently at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he led the club to the Ukrainian Super Cup and left with the club top of the Ukrainian Premier League.
If the necessary paperwork is complete, De Zerbi’s first match as head coach of fourth-placed Brighton will be at Liverpool on 1 October.