Lee snubs Brighton for Saints

Brighton have confirmed that Sammy Lee will not be taking up the position as assistant manager with the Sky Bet Championship club.

Last Updated: 29/06/14 at 12:33 Post Comment

Sammy Lee: Former Liverpool midfielder now heading to Southampton

Sammy Lee: Former Liverpool midfielder now heading to Southampton

New Seagulls manager Sami Hyypia revealed on Friday that Lee, his former colleague at Liverpool, was to join his backroom staff from Bolton where he had been working with the club’s academy.

However, the 55-year-old has now changed his mind and decided to move to Southampton where he has been offered a job working under the Premier League club’s new boss Ronald Koeman.

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber told his club's official website: "It is extremely disappointing for the club, Sami Hyypia and those of us who worked hard to bring him here, that Sammy Lee has now reversed his decision after agreeing to become assistant manager. 

"Nobody at our club or Bolton Wanderers, was aware of any interest from Southampton until several hours after we announced Sammy's appointment as our assistant manager. It's certainly not a situation any of us have come across before. 

"Having already agreed his contract and terms with us to start work on Monday, we could have insisted on Sammy serving a notice period, but we all feel it would have been counterproductive to do so; and while it's incredibly frustrating for us we wish Sammy well.

"Our focus now is on working with Sami to help him recruit his assistant - while also supporting him to bring in the players he needs to improve the squad for the new season." 

Bolton have also confirmed Lee's departure to Southampton from his role as Head of Academy Coaching at the club.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

ypical Bodgers, in desperate need of a defensive midfielder and go for a floaty number 10 type midfielder. BODGERS OUT.

uncle monty
The Home Gossip

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

Footer 365

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa: Dominant Gunners seal record FA Cup victory

Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time after beating Aston Villa 4-0 in a one-sided final at Wembley.

Prince William demands FIFA reform after week of scandal

Prince William has called for FIFA to reform, claiming it must show that it "can represent the interests of fair play and put the sport first".

Inverness 2-1 Falkirk: James Vincent the matchwinner Caley leave it late to clinch Scottish Cup

Inverness Caley won the Scottish Cup for the first time with a dramatic 2-1 victory over spirited Falkirk at Hampden.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company