The Top Five Candidates to Become Brighton’s Next Manager

Roberto De Zerbi stunned the football world after he announced that he was leaving Brighton at the end of the season. The Italian had a fantastic first season in the Premier League as they finished sixth and qualified for European football for the first time in the clubs’s history.  However, this season has been disappointing for the Albion as they were hindered by an injury crisis and finished 11th in the league. With De Zerbi departing the club – who will be Brighton’s next manager?


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Carlos Coberan 


Carlos Coberan guided West Brom to the Championship playoffs this season without spending a penny in the transfer market but lost to Southampton in the semi-finals 3-1. If anything, Coberan has managed to get the Baggies punching well above their weight and plays a brand of football that is easy on the eye to watch.


The Spaniard is one of English football’s brightest upcoming managers, who also played a key role in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United’s coaching staff. Bielsa once said of Coberan that “I value his opinion more than my own.” The 41-year-old is contracted to West Brom until 2027 but the lure of managing in the biggest league in the world may be difficult for him to turn down. 



Steve Cooper 


In 2022, Steve Cooper led Nottingham Forest to the Premier League for the first time since 1999 and managed to survive relegation the club’s first season back but was ultimately sacked in 2023 due to a poor run of results. The Welshman’s style of play is to be dominant on the ball with a fast-paced tempo, which would fit right into Brighton’s model of continuing to play attractive football. 


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 Russell Martin 


Russell Martin secured promotion to the Premier League after defeating Leeds 1-0 in the play-off final and has built up a strong reputation for himself in the game, playing a possession-based style of play. The 38-year-old was born in Brighton and came through their youth set up – so a potential homecoming 20 years on would be a fitting return for former defender.



Mauricio Pochettino 


Mauriceo Pochettino would be a BOX OFFICE appointment for Brighton if they were to land someone with his credentials as their new boss. The Argentine recently departed Chelsea but had an impressive run in to the end of the season winning five of their six last games and finishing sixth in the league – something that seemed nigh on impossible a couple months ago.


Pochettino is a great man manager and knows how to set a positive environment at a football club and with the right backing from the board – Brighton could be a force to be reckoned with next season if Pochettino was to be in their dugout. 


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Graham Potter


Graham Potter left Brighton to join Chelsea in 2022 but was sacked after less than seven months in charge. Potter always proved to be a consistent performer in the Premier League during his time at Brighton and was a fan favourite. If the club were to bring him it back – he would be a safe pair of hands, who knows the club inside out and will no doubt have a point to prove after his disastrous spell at Chelsea.


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By: Scott Bradley / @ScottBradleyX

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