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Hürzeler leaves FC St. Pauli

FC St. Pauli head coach Fabian Hürzeler has joined Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion with immediate effect. The two clubs have agreed not to disclose any details of the deal. A decision on the future makeup of the FC St. Pauli coaching team has yet to be made.

Fabian Hürzeler is leaving the Millerntor to join Brighton & Hove Albion in England after 18 very successful months in charge of FC St. Pauli. Director of sport Andreas Bornemann promoted Hürzeler, then aged 29, to the role of head coach in December 2022. Under his guidance, the Boys in Brown achieved promotion to the Bundesliga as champions in the season just ended.

A decision on the future makeup of the FC St. Pauli coaching team will be made as soon as the overall situation allows.

Reaction to the deal

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: "Fabian did an outstanding job as assistant coach and then head coach of FC St. Pauli. We knew that could attract the interest of other clubs and would have liked to continue our journey with him, but we respect his wish to take the opportunity of working in the Premier League. We wish Fabian all the best and every success in the future."

Head coach Fabian Hürzeler: "My journey at FC St. Pauli has come to an end after four years together. I'm very grateful to the club, the fans and all the officials for the time we've spent together and what we've achieved together. It was a pleasure to be able to accompany this special club part of the way. Moving to the Premier League is a dream come true for me, but St. Pauli, and the unforgettable moments we shared, especially getting promoted to the Bundesliga, will always be in my heart."

Club president Oke Göttlich: "The interest shown by international clubs in our players and coaches is proof of the good work that has been set in motion by Andreas Bornemann in the football management in recent years. Fabian's departure is a loss for the club, but it also confirms that we're on the right path in developing as a club through transfer revenue. I'd like to thank Fabian for the wonderful years on the pitch and hope we can maintain our collaborative association. For FC St. Pauli this is now a chance to find new solutions to meeting the challenge of Bundesliga football with clarity and total concentration."

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