Brighton have appointed former Shakhtar Donetsk and Sassuolo boss Roberto de Zerbi as manager.
The Italian, 43, has been unemployed since leaving Shakhtar in July because of the war in Ukraine.
De Zerbi has signed a four-year contract at Amex Stadium, subject to a work permit.
He was Brighton’s first choice to replace Graham Potter, who resigned for succeeds Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea this month.
Former Napoli midfielder De Zerbi, who impressed for three years in charge of Italian club Sassuolo, has brought his coaching staff with him, although all will need work permits.
It is hoped the training structure will be in place for Brighton’s next game against Liverpool at Anfield on October 1.
“I am absolutely delighted that Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach,” Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said.
“Roberto’s teams play exciting and courageous football, and I’m confident that his style and tactical approach will suit our existing team perfectly. »
Technical Director David Weir said: “Roberto has shown his undoubted ability with his work in Italy and Ukraine, and what he achieved in Sassuolo certainly stands out.
“During his short spell with Shakhtar he enjoyed further success, leading the club to cup success and top of the Ukrainian league before war abruptly cut short his time there. »
De Zerbi is only Brighton’s third permanent manager since Sami Hyypia resigned in 2014.
He flew to England on Friday night and attended a behind closed doors friendly at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Fourth in the Premier League, they haven’t played since Potter’s departure, with games against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace postponed.
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone
De Zerbi was the only candidate Brighton spoke to.
His availability is a major factor but there is also an appeal in the work he has done with Sassuolo.
Successive eighth places in Serie A meant finishing above more established clubs, something Brighton are looking to do after finishing ninth in the Premier League last season.
If it hadn’t been for a slightly worse goal difference, it would have been Sassuolo who qualified for the Europa Conference League last season rather than Roma, who won it under Jose Mourinho.
Games against Liverpool and Tottenham represent a difficult start to De Zerbi’s tenure at Brighton and, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to contend with ahead of the World Cup, he will have done exceptionally well if he can keep Brighton close to his position. current.
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