Brighton – Sami Hyypia resigns as manager

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Brighton and Hove Albion boss Sami Hyypia today offered his resignation from the South Coast club. His offer was accepted by the side’s board who “reluctantly accepted” according to a statement on the Brighton website.

41-year-old Sami Hyypia joined Brighton in June 2014 and took charge of 26 games since the beginning of the season. However Hyypia only won 6 games at the helm, drawing 10 and losing 10 at a win percentage of 23%. With the seagulls in the relegation zone of the Championship, the 19 points achieved obviously wasn’t satisfactory to Hyypia who has decided to step away from the team.

Brighton’s Chairman Tony Bloom said: “Sami offered his resignation, and we reluctantly accepted earlier today.  Sami has worked extremely hard since joining the club last summer. Despite some good performances, including most recently at Wolves, results haven’t gone as well as we all had hoped and expected. Sami is an incredibly honourable man. He remains a hugely respected and very popular figure at our club. He has decided to step down for the benefit of the team and the club. We are all very disappointed, but we respect Sami’s decision and we all wish him well for the future.” 

Sami Hyypia was a Liverpool legend, the defender played 318 Premier League matches for the Reds between 1999-2009. Hyypia then moved to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen to finish his career. Hyypia was given the joint role as Leverkusen boss in April 2012 and remained as co-head coach with Sascha Lewandowski until June 2013. Hyypia was then appointed sole manager in June 2013 where he won 21 of his 41 games as gaffer before being sacked in April 2014.

Brighton fans, are you disappointed to see the 105 capped Finland international leave the club so soon or was it time for a change at your club?