Over the weekend Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed that ex-Liverpool star and Bayer Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia will be joining the Seagulls on a 3-year deal as first team manager.
Hyypia, 40, pipped some serious competition including Fred Hantz and other high-calibre candidates to land the job at the AMEX. Hyypia may have come as a surprise name to many but one that will please many at Brighton. Below some fans gave me their views on the appointment over Twitter, including my own view.
@rourkey4 – A relatively inexperienced manager, however Tony Bloom (Brighton Chairman) has certainly brought in the young, high profile manager that Brighton have been longing for since the departure of Oscar Garcia. There are no doubts in my mind that Sami Hyypia will sign his high priority transfer targets, a feat that seemed to elude his predecessor
@shangambling – In my opinion as a Brighton fan, the appointment is very exciting. With the new training ground opening and a budget to spend Sami Hyypia could be the man to lead Brighton into the top flight of English Football. The key difference already for me is in the job title, Oscar Garcia was only stated as Head Coach and Sami Hyypia is stated as the Manager.
@tomhebbo – this appointment shows the ambition and drive we have to get into the Premier League
New boss Sami Hyypia has already begun planning for his first season with Albion. Hyypia has been studying matches from last season as he prepares for life in the Championship. Hyypia arrives in England on Thursday and will start building a squad and coaching team.
Chief executive Paul Barber updated fans yesterday on the club’s website: “Sami has already looked at videos of our matches from last season and over the next few days, with the support of (first team coach) Nathan Jones and (head of football operations) David Burke, will evaluate the current squad, its strengths and weaknesses, and from that identify the key areas he wants to improve. “Working closely with the chairman and our scouting team, Sami will narrow the work the team has already been doing, and identify those specific players he wants to bring in. Providing those players are available and within our budget, we will do our best to get them.”
Paul Barber said Hyypia had been keen to retain Jones as part of the coaching team. Barber added: “He feels it is very important to have a coach with existing knowledge of the club and of our squad as part of his group.”
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