Antti Niemi has left Brighton & Hove Albion to return to his native Finland for personal reasons.
The club’s goalkeeping coach has decided to go back to Helsinki to be closer to his family.
The 42-year-old, who also coaches Finland’s national team, joined Albion in June 2014 as part of Sami Hyypia’s backroom staff.
Niemi said, “It was a hard decision because I loved my time at Brighton, but it was difficult spending so much time away from my family.
“I had been living there on my own for 12 months away from my wife and kids, and we came to the conclusion that it would be too difficult to carry on.
“I learnt so much during my time at the club and am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to work with some terrific people.”
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Albion manager Chris Hughton said, “Antti has had a hugely positive impact on all the goalkeepers at the club - not just those in the first team squad, but also players from the academy and women’s team.
“He has been a pleasure to work with and I would like to thank him for his dedication and professionalism over the last season.”
Chief executive Paul Barber added, “Antti is a popular character around the training ground and we will be sad to see him go. However, we understand his reasons for wanting to leave, and on behalf of everyone at the club we wish him well for the future.”
The search for Niemi’s replacement has now begun and any developments will be announced on seagulls.co.uk in due course.