By Tim Hodges
Brighton and Hove Albion have appointed the Finnish former Liverpool centre half Sami Hyypia as new first team manager.
Hyypia, who joins on a three-year contract, replaces Oscar Garcia who resigned last month.
Hyypia was part of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League in 2005. And most recently he managed the German Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen.
The new Albion boss said: “I am absolutely thrilled by this appointment. Brighton and Hove Albion are an ambitious club and I am very pleased to have been given this opportunity.
“I’ve held extensive talks with the chairman Tony Bloom and chief executive Paul Barber.
“I have looked at the club from top to bottom and I am very impressed by what I’ve seen at all levels.
“I’ve seen the Amex Stadium and the club’s new training ground and they are among the best I’ve seen anywhere in the world.
“I’ve also already met some of the key staff including Nathan Jones, the club’s head of football David Burke, and Dr Helge Riepenhoff, head of medical and sports science, and I am very much looking forward to working with all of them.”