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Hürzeler: I felt like a fan watching Albion beat Spurs

Our new head coach watched the 4-2 Amex win in December.

By Bruce Talbot • 17 June 2024

At 31, Fabian Hürzeler becomes the youngest head coach in the Premier League.

Fabian Hürzeler admits he finished the game ‘feeling like a Seagulls’ supporter’ after watching Albion’s 4-2 win over Spurs last season.

The 31-year-old took in the match at the Amex during the mid-season break in Germany when he travelled to the UK to experience Premier League football for himself.

“I have to say the Spurs game was the best game I saw last season,” he admitted. “The stadium, the atmosphere, the way the crowd were involved was incredible.

"By the end of the game I was feeling the game like a Seagulls’ supporter! I honestly enjoyed every part of the game, it was incredible.”

Among Albion’s goal scorers that night was Jack Hinshelwood, and Hurzeler says that the mix in the squad he will inherit was another reason why the head coach’s job attracted him.

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“Looking at it, to me the squad has great balance,” he said.

“We have the more experienced players like Pascal [Gross], Lewis [Dunk], James [Milner] and Danny [Welbeck] who have had a lot of success in their careers and then some fabulous youngsters like Jack Hinshelwood.

“The mix of players is very good but the culture of the club seems to be very strong too. The players want to improve and learn and I can’t wait to start working with them and learning more about their qualities as individuals.”