Bayern Munich next? De Zerbi to leave Brighton after final Premier League game against Man Utd

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Roberto De Zerbi is leaving Brighton.

Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed that Roberto De Zerbi will leave the Premier League club at the end of this season.

The respected Italian head coach joined Albion in September 2022 after Graham Potter departed the club to join Chelsea. He enjoyed immediate success, taking the club to another level as they achieved their highest-ever top-flight finish of sixth last season to qualify for the Europa League.

“Leaving now provides me with time to take a break before deciding on my future plans…”

They reached the knockout stages of the Europa League before being knocked out by AS Roma. This season as a whole has been significantly more difficult for Brighton and De Zerbi as their boss has been linked with a number of high-profile jobs, including Bayern Munich. They currently sit 10th in the Premier League with a game to go.

“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 in a statement.

“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.”

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While the news may come as a shock to some, there has been considerable speculation about the 44-year-old’s future for some time.

Asked in March about his position and the prospect of signing a new deal, he said: “We didn’t find the agreement. The contract is a part of the future. It’s important for me, it’s important for everyone but it’s a small part, the big part is the plan. We have to speak with the club.”

Brighton owner Tony Bloom said that the parting of ways was a mutual one.

“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,” he said.

“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.”