Fabian Hurzeler: ‘Passionate’ St Pauli coach tipped for Brighton
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Fabian Hurzeler: ‘Passionate’ St Pauli coach tipped for Brighton

Fabian Hurzeler’s team not only wants to beat other teams, but also to “destroy” them, says Bundesliga 2 expert Matthew Karagich.

It is increasingly likely that the German will become Brighton’s new manager following the departure of Roberto de Zerbi at the end of last season.

Hurzeler is currently the coach of newly promoted Bundesliga side St Pauli, who have returned them to the top flight for the first time in 13 years. Hurzeler is believed to be a good fit for the Amex squad.

“St Pauli is a very strong football team and that’s one thing you see in his teams – it’s all about possession,” Karagich told BBC Radio Sussex.

“You’re looking at a team that will try to use their pace to get through the defense and create chances. The only thing you can add is that he likes his teams to be quite flexible.

“Sometimes they can react, but it’s very rare that they do. Most of the time, they like to dominate the game, be in control, and have a mantra of keeping their noses to themselves. We don’t just want to beat you, we want to destroy you and that’s similar to his reaction on the touchline. He’s passionate.”

Former Seagulls manager De Zerbi was known for his thorough touchline play and willingness to express his opinions. According to Karagich, fans can expect more of the same from Hurzeler.

“When I was in Hannover and watched the match against St. Pauli, there was a period when I didn’t even watch what was happening on the pitch – I just watched it,” added Karagich.

“It’s almost like a ballet with a fourth official for about fifteen minutes of the match. But he’s someone who cares a lot about what’s happening on the pitch. Some will say, “Oh, he’s arrogant”, but that’s just his personality.

“He wants his teams to be what he is – passionate, caring, dominant, strong and, more noticeably now, winning.”