Sami Hyypia resigns as manager of Brighton

Sami Hyypia

The former Liverpool defender reportedly offered his resignation with the side in the relegation zone of the Championship.

Sami Hyypia has offered his resignation as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion according to several reports, with the club currently in the relegation zone in the Championship - and are currently on a run of only one win in 18 games.

The club have confirmed they have accepted Hyypia's resignation, with chairman Tony Bloom telling the club's website: "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."

The former Liverpool defender took charge at the club in the summer but has struggled to deliver the results desired, as they sit in 22nd place, with only Wigan Athletic and Blackpool below them, and are four points from safety, with Millwall the nearest team above them.

The Finn had a spell in management at Bayer Leverkusen but after guiding them into the Champions League, he was sacked during last season when a promising start to their Bundesliga campaign started to unravel, with the side slumping from 2nd to 5th on his watch, and he moved to Brighton with the view of rebuilding his managerial reputation.

Hyypia is likely to be linked with a move to the Liverpool coaching staff in the coming days and weeks if the news is confirmed given the high regard he is held in on Merseyside, combined with their own defensive difficulties that Brendan Rodgers' side is currently enduring. 

It will be interesting to see the next move both from Hyypia as his coaching reputation has taken another blow, and from Brighton as they fight for their survival in the second half of the season.

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