Roberto De Zerbi has been named as Brighton’s new head coach, succeeding Graham Potter, who left for Chelsea earlier this month.
After discussions earlier in the week, the Italian and the Seagulls have come to an agreement on a four-year contract, which was finalised on Sunday afternoon.
De Zerbi began his coaching career in lower leagues in Italy before becoming successful with Sassuolo. Most recently, he was in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk.
“Roberto has shown his undoubted ability with his work in Italy and Ukraine, and what he achieved at Sassuolo certainly stands out,” Brighton technical director David Weir said.
“In his short spell with Shakhtar he enjoyed further success, leading the club to cup success and topping the Ukrainian league before the war brought an abrupt halt to his time there.
“We are delighted to welcome Roberto and we look forward to introducing him to our squad as well as providing all the support he needs to introduce his coaching philosophy and help the players continue their brilliant start to the season.”