Former Liverpool captain Hyypia appointed Brighton boss

Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion have appointed former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia as their new manager on a three-year contract, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Finn has been out of work since leaving German giants Bayer Leverkusen in April, despite guiding them to a Champions League qualification place. He also led them to the last 16 of last season’s competition, where they were heavily beaten by Paris St. Germain.

Brighton have been after a new manager since Oscar Garcia resigned following their play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County. The Spaniard only had one season in charge at the AMEX Stadium after replacing Gustavo Poyet last summer.

For Hyypia, this represents his first managerial role in England and his first taste of life below the Premier League, and upon joining the Seagulls, he said: ‘I’ve held extensive talks with the chairman Tony Bloom and chief executive Paul Barber. I have looked at the club from top to bottom and I am very impressed by what I’ve seen at all levels.

‘I’ve seen the Amex Stadium and the club’s new training ground and they are amongst the best I’ve seen anywhere in the world. I’ve also already met some of the key staff including Nathan Jones, the club’s head of football David Burke, and Dr Helge Riepenhoff, head of medical and sports science, and I am very much looking forward to working with all of them.

‘The chairman is ambitious and for me that is absolutely key. I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead and our aim is to take the club forward to the next level.’

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