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Roberto De Zerbi claims 'no club made offer' ahead of Brighton exit

Published at :May 20, 2024 at 5:04 PM
Modified at :May 20, 2024 at 5:04 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

The Italian manager led Brighton to 11th place finish this season

After Graham Potter departed Brighton for Chelsea in September 2022, Roberto De Zerbi joined the team and was successful right away, leading the team to its highest-ever top-flight position of sixth.

This resulted in De Zerbi being connected to several prestigious positions and guaranteed him a spot in this season’s Europa League. The 44-year-old’s future has been the subject of much conjecture for some time, so some people may be surprised by the news of his departure at the end of the 2023-24 season.

De Zerbi on what’s next for him: “I don’t know… for sure if I have to stay at home, three, four, five months, for me it should be no problem”.

“This because I will work, studying different games, teams and coaches. You have to build knowledge to stay top”. There isn’t any club – no-one offered [anything]. At the moment, nothing,” De Zerbi said. I hope to work in the Premier League again. I don’t know where or when. But it was an honour to work in the Premier League.”

De Zerbi, meanwhile, said he had “no problem” with the club’s hierarchy. We didn’t find the agreement to move on,” he told BBC Match of the Day. I want to keep my way. I know very well what I want to do and I know I am a coach and I have to accept the policies of the club.

“They gave me an incredible chance. They give me the possibility to know incredible people, to play and to work in the Premier League, to play in the Europa League.

Tony Bloom, the owner of Brighton, is considering Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna as a potential replacement for De Zerbi this summer.

His performance at Ipswich and his coaching approach have drawn interest from several Premier League clubs, Brighton among them.

As a result of his two consecutive promotions from League One to the Premier League, this marked the end of Ipswich’s 22-year absence from the top division. McKenna has drawn more and more attention.

In December 2021, when Ipswich were in 12th place in League One, McKenna, 38, took charge at Portman Road as a former manager at Tottenham and Manchester United.

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