Liverpool legend set to take Championship job with Brighton

Sami Hyypia is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion in a move that could one day see the Finn face his old employers.

Sami Hyypia appears to have set his sights on managing in the Premier League in the near future after being named Brighton & Hove Albion manager.

Independent journalist Ian Herbert broke news of the move earlier today, taking to his twitter account to tweet the message:

“Sami Hyypia heading back to England. He's accepted the #Brighton manager job and is now looking for an assistant to work with him there #lfc

The former Liverpool defender has been without a job since his dismissal from Bayer Leverkusen earlier this season following a difficult run of results with the Bundesliga club.

But Hyypia nevertheless impressed during his two-year spell in charge of the team he finished his playing career with, helping them achieve Champions League qualification during his time in charge and finishing with a win percentage of 54.35%.

The Finn replaces Oscar Garcia, who left the Seagulls after suffering a 6-2 aggregate defeat to Derby County in the play-offs – a result that condemned the club to another season in the second-tier.

Hyypia will be hoping for a different outcome next season, with Brighton already being talked of as one of the favourites for promotion to the Premier League, having reached the play-offs in each of their previous two campaigns in the Championship.

Much could depend on the impact of the new coach, who struggled at Leverkusen after Sacha Lewandowski – the man who co-managed the Bundesliga side in the initial stages of Hyypia’s time at the helm – returned to his role as a youth coach.

One thing that could be spurring the retired defender on, however, is the chance to make a return to the Premier League and face-off against Liverpool.

The 40-year-old was part of the Reds team that won the Champions League in 2005 and enjoyed a memorable send-off upon leaving the club in 2009.

The idea of returning to Anfield as a manager may just be enough to spur him on to great things at Brighton.

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