Brighton and Hove Albion chief promises to move quickly to replace Hyypia

Posted On 28 Dec 2014 at 5:05 pm

The chief executive of Brighton and Hove Albion said that the club would move as quickly as possible to replace Sami Hyypia as manager.

Paul Barber said that a number of people had already approached the Albion about the job since Hyypia resigned.

Mr Barber spoke to the Brighton and Hove Independent columnist Johnny Cantor on BBC Sussex.

He said: “Clearly, we don’t want there to be uncertainty for too long, particularly with the transfer window just around the corner.

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“This is our opportunity to reinforce the squad where we can. It’s never easy to do business in January but if there are possibilities to do that we will.

“A number of people have already contacted us. We have to narrow that list and we’ll aim to do that as quickly as we can.”

First team coach Nathan Jones, who worked as assistant manager under Hyypia and his predecessor Oscar Garcia, is in charge for the time being.

The 41-year-old former Albion defender is among those being considered for the manager’s job.

An approach has been made to the MK Dons for permission to speak to Karl Robinson. The 34-year-old was the youngest manager in the league when he was appointed more than four years ago.

In August he led the Milton Keynes side to a 4-0 win over Manchester United in the League Cup.

The Brighton and Hove Independent said that other names in the frame included Tony Pulis, Tim Sherwood, Uwe Rosler, Chris Hughton, and Frédéric Hantz.

Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom has cut short a winter break in Australia. He accepted Hyypia’s resignation after a run of just one league win in 18 matches, leaving the club in the Championship relegation zone.

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