De Zerbi's reflections on first season with Albion

On his 44th birthday, Roberto looks back on a record-breaking campaign.

By Roberto De Zerbi • 06 June 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Roberto De Zerbi won 19 of his 39 games in charge of Albion during the 2022/23 season.

To have qualified for European football next season is a truly wonderful achievement and it’s something the players richly deserve. From the moment I joined the club in September, I could see we had a squad here of real quality; an exciting blend of experienced professionals and young players, who could achieve something special. They now have the rewards for the fantastic work they have put in over the course of the season.

When there’s a change of coach with the season already underway, it can be difficult for players, but our squad made the transition with remarkable ease. From our very first meeting together, the players bought into what we were trying to implement, and I thank them for that. We saw the rewards for all our hard work, both on and off the pitch.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my coaching staff for their support. It wasn’t easy for them either; there are some who have followed me to a new country, a new culture, and others who were already here at the club, who had to adapt to new methods, new ideas, but every one of them has stepped up to the challenge.

By Paul Hazlewood
Roberto De Zerbi has thanked Tony Bloom and the directors for their faith in him.

I also have to thank Tony Bloom, Paul Barber and the directors for the faith they have shown in me. It was an honour to come to this fantastic football club, to test myself in the best football league in the world, and hopefully I have repaid their trust in me with results and performances on the pitch.

Of course, the most important people at any football club are the supporters. They are our beating heart, and the warmth they have shown to me has been truly amazing. I am humbled by the support they have given me and also by the numbers who come to watch us, both here at the Amex and on our travels away from home. I mentioned before that, in a cost-of-living crisis, I have been amazed at the number of fans who travel to our away games – especially on those long, long trips ‘up north’ – so thank you for your loyal support. Hopefully we have given you plenty of good memories to take from this season and a European adventure to look forward to next season!

Enjoy your summer, enjoy the sun, and we look forward to starting all over again ahead of the new season in August!