Guardian: Brighton eyeing up De Zerbi replacements – what it means for Milan

By Ben Dixon -

AC Milan have been heavily interested in Roberto De Zerbi recently, and a report today has suggested that Brighton are already beginning to evaluate candidates to replace him on the South Coast.

This morning, reports emerged that Milan have enquired about De Zerbi, and have been told there is a €15 million clause in his contract to allow him to move away from the Seagulls, and there is a chance that this could be activated by the Rossoneri or another club.

This afternoon, a report from English outlet The Guardian suggested that Brighton are eyeing up Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna to lead them forward if De Zerbi leaves the club in the summer. However, the report believes that the likelihood of him leaving is becoming increasingly high.

As the report states, the relationship between the club and the Italian is gradually deteriorating, with De Zerbi believing that his ambitions may be higher than what the Seagulls can provide, given their model of selling players for high fees.

The news is the latest turn of events in Milan’s managerial hunt, and given they are already at risk of losing one of their primary targets – Thiago Motta to Juventus, they may have to bite the bullet on the €15m clause to ensure they land a manager who they like, rather than being forced to settle on a candidate who may not entirely convince them.

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  1. Why wouldn‘t they sell off players, they are firmly stuck in mid table even with RDZ. Their business model cannot be news to RDZ.

    I don‘t have a problem with RDZ per se but he also surely isn‘t worth a 15m fee, so much money has rarely been payed as a transfer fee for a coach and RDZ is essentially still a green horn at the highest level.

    1. Apparently not green enough for Brighton to slap this high release clause on him. If he’s not that good, why be afraid of suitors?

  2. If Milan cannot land Motta then De Zerbi is worth the risk. I think with better players and more stability with the squad aka not selling players then De Zerbi can be a big hit.

    The problem at Brighton is that every season the team is weaker because they sell off their best players and it is not easy to keep a team highly competitive if you are constantly losing your best players.

    So Brighton’s current form is not a good indication of De Zerbi abilities. Last season would be a good measure for him in my opinion.

    1. Several players left because they wanted to play for bigger teams one did not want to sit on the bench and refused to go to away games and fell out with De Zerbi another fell out as well and two forced there way out
      All Brighton did was to maximise there value for the club good business I would say

  3. Brighton have been massively hit with injuries this season. They’re much more capable. I like Di zerbi as a coach because his sassualo team always use to give us a hard time and were a free flowing team but he did inherit graham potters team who were doing as equally well as his version has done and I worry that he hasn’t managed big egos yet. Leao has a massive ego now as does a lot of the team now. I wonder if he can progress our team.

  4. Sorry I don’t agree We are always being told we sell our best players Caicedo Cucurella Trossard Sánchez all wanted to leave and in some cases did not want to play and forced the club to sell them. All Brighton did was to maximise there value Alexis was the only player to go about his transfer in the correct way. All good business is about prophet not living above you means I don’t want De Zerbi to go but if he does I wish him well and let his ego go with him

  5. Keiran McKenna is the best young coach in Europe, and isn’t going to Brighton in a million years. He’ll stay at Ipswich for at least one more season, and he’s only going to move if a seriously big club (most probably Man U) comes in for him. If Milan’s directors had half a brain between them, they’d target him instead of De Zerbi.

  6. If it’s not Motta because we held Pioli’s hand for too long and Juventus stole a march, then I’m totally fine with RDZ, Sarri or Conceicao. Not sure what people are expecting. Top names like Guardiola, Klopp, Nagelsmann, etc., will not come either because the project isn’t rich enough or because they’re happy where they are. Then names like Fonseca, Lopetegui and Pellegrini are roundly rejected. There is no magical surprise name that better than one of these Pioli 2.0s, but not one of the star managers, that we’re somehow missing at the moment. The names we have are what we have to work with and of that set RDZ, Motta, and Conceicao are the best combo of “modern football”, affordability and still on the up and up. If we want to throw another name out there who is (or maybe at this point was, given his last couple of experiences) considered a top manager and will probably be available I would say Pochettino. He also happens to play 4-2-3-1…

    1. Sarri is probably a bit underrated as an option from a long term POV.

      That being said justifying Sarri over Pioli is not that easy when looking at the current season, someone who left in 9th place over (probably) vice champion? Even if one factors in the difference in quality Sarri has been way worse than Pioli.

  7. Coaches like Roberto come with a lot of attention and reputation but no championship.

    De zerbi is a very good coach however he has not done anything with Brighton,to me he feels like Pocchetino highly regarded but underachieving.

    Is it possible if we can get Roberto Mancini 🤣🤣

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