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Weir: Hurzeler will put his own stamp on Albion

New head coach arrived after guiding St. Pauli to the 2. Bundesliga title last season.

By Charlie Hanson • 09 July 2024

Technical director David Weir is confident Fabian Hurzeler will quickly establish his team’s identity.

The German was appointed Albion boss last month after a hugely successful 18 months with St. Pauli, guiding them to the 2. Bundesliga title in May.

It was during that time, Weir says, that the 31-year-old showcased his talents.

“We want to see a coach who improves teams and improves players. That was really clear to see from when Fabian took the team over [at St. Pauli]. He established an identity," said Weir. 

“We've spoken about that having an identity that's attractive and the fans want to watch, and they look forward to going to the game. So that's a big part of it as well.

“It'll be different to what we've had previously and he'll put his own stamp on it. But the fundamental aspects are he makes players better, he's a teacher, he's a coach, and he also improves the team. The work he's done previously has shown that.

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Technical director David Weir.

"It's no secret we're data driven. So we've done the background in terms of what the objective data is telling us and then when you meet the person, and you ally that to the work he's done, we're really confident that we've got a good solid candidate.

“Everybody talks about how young he is, but when you speak to him and you look at what he's done it's really, really impressive.”

The former Everton and Rangers defender believes the way Hurzeler works will mean Albion can continue to be competitive against the teams with larger budgets in the Premier League.

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The Albion players are back in training ahead of the new season.

He added, “We have a recruitment model that can identify and attract good young players. So if you can add to that somebody who can improve them, put them together in a shape and a style that's attractive to watch it's a pretty successful formula.

“Iidentifying coaches who can develop individuals and improve teams is a big part of that.”

You can listen to David’s interview, alongside chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber, on the latest edition of the Official Brighton & Hove Albion Podcast.