British GP: Lewis Hamilton holds off Max Verstappen to claim record ninth victory at Silverstone | F1 News

British GP: Lewis Hamilton holds off Max Verstappen to claim record ninth victory at Silverstone | F1 News

Lewis Hamilton triumphed in a thrilling British Grand Prix to claim a record ninth victory at Silverstone and end a run of 56 races without a win.

Hamilton held off a late charge from world championship leader Max Verstappen to hang on for victory at his home race after the Red Bull driver had overtaken McLaren’s Lando Norris in the closing stages after a chaotic rain-interrupted contest.

The seven-time world champion had not won a race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and has now ensured his final season with Mercedes before joining Ferrari next year will be marked by a victory.

The record-extending 104th grand prix victory of Hamilton’s career saw him become the first Formula 1 driver to win the same race nine times, extending a record he had previously shared with Michael Schumacher. He also extended a record run for podiums at the same race to 12.

Lewis Hamilton wins the British GP and is left emotional on the team radio straight after.

“Since 2021, every day I’m getting up and fighting to train to put my mind to the task and work as hard as I can with this amazing team,” Hamilton said.

“This is my last race here at the British Grand Prix with this team. I wanted to win this so much for them because I love them and appreciate them so much.

Lando Norris takes full advantage of some slippery conditions at Silverstone, as he overtakes both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton for the race lead

“All the hard work they put in over these years. I’m forever grateful to everyone at Mercedes and all our partners. And to all our incredible fans. I could see you lap by lap. There’s no greater feeling to finish at the front here.”

British GP result: Top 10

1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull

3) Lando Norris, McLaren

4) Oscar Piastri, McLaren

5) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

6) Nico Hulkenberg, Haas

7) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin

8) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin

9) Alex Albon, Williams

10)Yuki Tsunoda, RB

How Hamilton claimed record win

Having started from second behind George Russell, Hamilton took the lead on lap 18 as his Mercedes team-mate struggled as rain began to fall.

However, Hamilton too found the conditions difficult and only held the lead briefly before Norris and his McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri came through to occupy the top two places.

Russell retired from the British Grand Prix with a suspected water issue

Hamilton regained second when the intensifying rain forced the field to switch from slick tyres to intermediates around the midway point, as McLaren cost Piastri time by not joining Mercedes in double-stacking their cars in the pits.

Verstappen, who had struggled on the opening stint as he dropped back to fifth, was brought back into play by a smartly timed Red Bull pit stop as he climbed to third, with Russell suddenly retiring from fourth because of a technical issue.

Max Verstappen overtook Lando Norris for second as he looked to chase down Lewis Hamilton for the race win

The rain then eased to leave a final key pit stop for the leaders to switch back to slick tyres, which saw Hamilton undercut Norris for the lead as Mercedes brought him in a lap earlier than the McLaren.

Both went for soft tyres, while the looming Verstappen was on a hard tyre which would give him greater freedom to push in the final stages.

Verstappen passed Norris with four full circuits of the 52-lap race remaining, but Hamilton expertly managed his tyres to maintain a relatively comfortable 1.5s margin at the chequered flag.

Lewis Hamilton and his engineer Peter Bonnington celebrate on the podium together following his emotional British GP victory!

The victory resulted in triumphant celebrations from the British fans at Silverstone, while a tearful Hamilton exchanged emotional messages over team radio with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and his long-time race engineer Peter Bonnington.

The 39-year-old waved a Union Flag out of his cockpit after taking the chequered flag, before being greeted by his mother and father immediately after exiting the car.

Hamilton’s celebrations – in pictures

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix race at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix race at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with his mother after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix race at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with his father after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix race at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix race at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Verstappen extends championship lead amid Hamilton glory

While he was unable to deny Hamilton on this occasion, Verstappen’s late surge and pass on Norris ensured that he further extended his world championship lead over the Brit.

A dominant start to the season that saw Verstappen win four of the first five races is now a distant memory, with the Dutchman having had to settle for just three victories across the next seven grands prix.

His 84-point lead over Norris at the halfway stage of the 24-race season puts him in an extremely strong position to claim a fourth successive drivers’ title.

Max Verstappen believes Red Bull maximised their result by finishing second

As was the case when he claimed hard-fought victories in Canada and Spain in June, Verstappen needed all of his – and Red Bull’s – excellence to ensure Norris didn’t make ground.

Despite having brought upgrades to Silverstone, the RB20 couldn’t match the pace of either Mercedes or McLaren for much of the race, and it was only when Verstappen had the hard tyre on the final stint that he was finally able to pressure his rivals.

That wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the timing of his switch to intermediate tyres and then Red Bull’s decision to give him hard tyres for the final stint.

In contrast, a distraught Norris felt that his and McLaren’s strategic calls had cost him a first home victory.

Listen into the cool-down room where Lewis Hamilton offers some advice to a despondent Lando Norris about McLaren’s strategy

Allowing Hamilton to pit earlier at the end gave him the opportunity to undercut, but perhaps more importantly, McLaren gave Norris the same soft tyre as the Mercedes, when the new medium they had available was shown to be much faster by Piastri, who used it for his final stint.

Since claiming his maiden F1 victory in Miami in May, Norris has had a very strong chance of winning five of the six races that have followed, but a failure to take advantage of what has often been the fastest car on the track has left the 24-year-old hugely frustrated.

“I know [it’s a podium at the British GP] but I’m fed up of just saying I should have done better and I should have done this and could have done that, or whatever,” Norris told Sky Sports F1.

“I don’t care if it takes time, I don’t want it to take time. I should be doing it now, we should be winning now. I should be making better decisions than what I’m making.

“I’m just disappointed, it’s a win. It’s a win in Formula 1 and I’m not going to settle for something less when we should have achieved it.”

Lando Norris believes he threw away the race win after making the wrong tyre choice and he should be making better decisions instead of missing out on victories

Piastri claimed fourth to secure another strong haul of points for McLaren, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz fifth and claiming an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race.

Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for a second successive race as Haas claimed another superb result, with the German finish ahead of Aston Martin duo Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso. Williams’ Alex Albon and RB’s Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the points.

Red Bull are 71 points clear of Ferrari at the top of the constructors’ standings, with both teams only getting points from one driver as Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez finished outside the points after switching to intermediate tyres too early when the rain arrived.

Third-placed McLaren closed their deficit to Red Bull to 78 points, while Mercedes are now 152 points off the leaders.

British GP Result

Driver Team Time
1) Lewis Hamilon Mercedes 1:22:27.059s
2) Max Verstappen Red Bull +1.465
3) Lando Norris McLaren +7.547
4) Oscar Piastri McLaren +12.439
5) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +47.318
6) Nico Hulkenberg Haas +55.722
7) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +56.569
8) Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +63.577
9) Alex Albon Williams +68.387
10) Yuki Tsunoda RB +79.303
11) Logan Sargeant Williams +88.960
12) Kevin Magnussen Haas +90.153
13) Daniel Ricciardo RB +1 lap
14) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1 lap
15) Valtteri Bottas Sauber +1 lap
16) Esteban Ocon Alpine +2 laps
17) Sergio Perez Red Bull +2 laps
18) Zhou Guanyu Sauber +2 laps
George Russell Mercedes DNF
Pierre Gasly Alpine DNF

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Vivianne Miedema: Man City sign Women’s Super League record goalscorer on free transfer after Arsenal exit | Football News

Vivianne Miedema: Man City sign Women’s Super League record goalscorer on free transfer after Arsenal exit | Football News

Manchester City have completed the signing of Vivianne Miedema, who has signed a contract until the summer of 2027.

Clubs across Europe and North America were interested in the forward but the 27-year-old has moved to City on a free transfer after leaving Arsenal at the end of her contract.

Miedema is the WSL’s all-time leading scorer. However, she has started just eight league matches over the past two seasons due to injury, including an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear in December 2022.

Miedema, who joined Arsenal from Bayern Munich in 2017, won the WSL with the Gunners in 2019, as well as the League Cup in 2018, 2023 and 2024.

The Netherlands international’s decision to leave north London was mutual. Miedema was understood to be keen on a fresh challenge while Arsenal are looking to reinvest in their squad.

Upon signing, Miedema said: “The reason I chose City is because they have the same ambitions as me. They want to win the league and titles.

Vivianne Miedema scored on her final Arsenal appearance against Brighton in the Women’s Super League

“Looking to the future, I’ve always said I want to play with the best players in the world and I think City have got that.

“I haven’t played as much football as I would have wished over the past two years, but I think and hope my best years are still to come. I hope I’m going to be able to help the team as much as I can do.

“I am just really excited to be part of the team and for the girls to hopefully help me and get me back to my best. If I get back to my best again then we can achieve really nice things together.

“I do think this is the place to be right now. In the end, it was an easy choice for me.

“I want to challenge myself every day in training but also every single week in the games we play.”

Vivianne Miedema scored her first goal for Arsenal since December 2022 against Liverpool last season

Head coach Gareth Taylor added: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Viv to City and seeing her flourish over the next three years.

“Our ambition is to compete on the highest stage and for the highest honours, and Viv is aligned to this desire.

“She’s a top talent that I’m excited to work with, as she’s a player I’ve always admired. Viv will be a real asset to the team.”

Miedema also reunites with her Netherlands team-mates Jill Roord – herself coming back from an ACL injury – and Kerstin Casparij.

She will join up with Man City for pre-season training at the end of July.

Miedema joins formidable Man City attack

Sky Sports’ Charlotte Marsh:

“After missing out on the WSL title by goal difference to Chelsea last season, Taylor and his team are trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again this time.

“Manchester City are building quite the potent attacking force. Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly are on either wing, Bunny Shaw is through the middle and Miedema can play in the No. 10 role or just off Shaw.

“That’s before we even talk about the return of Jill Roord, the breakthrough of Jess Park and the calming influence of Yui Hasegawa in central midfield.

Rosie and Mollie Kmita rank Vivianne Miedema’s best Women’s Super League goals

“Miedema’s arrival could also prove to be the best business of the window. Firstly, it’s a free transfer.

“And, despite writing her name repeatedly into WSL history in her seven years at Arsenal, the forward is just 27 and, arguably, hitting her peak years.

“She too will have something to prove after 18 months of injury disappointments and setbacks. That should be a stark warning for other WSL teams.

“It is time for Miedema to see if she can shine elsewhere in the WSL – and win more silverware along the way.”

County Championship: Glamorgan miss out on record chase after epic catch in final-ball tie | Cricket News

County Championship: Glamorgan miss out on record chase after epic catch in final-ball tie | Cricket News

Glamorgan fell agonisingly short of the highest successful chase in first-class history after their Vitality County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire ended in a dramatic final-ball tie.

The visitors went into the final day at Cheltenham on 222-3, still needing another 370 runs for a famous victory, after James Bracey’s unbeaten 204 and Cameron Bancroft’s 184 saw Gloucestershire declare at 610-5 in their second innings.

Sam Northeast top-scored with 187 for Glamorgan and put on a 153-run fourth-wicket stand with Marnus Labuschagne (119), while contributions from Dan Douthwaite (39) and Timm van der Gugten (31) edged them closer to their unlikely target.

Sam Northeast posted a brilliant 187 from 277 deliveries

Andy Gorvin’s dismissal left Glamorgan nine down and still needing 31 more for victory, only for Mason Crane (43 not out) to impress to leave them requiring two from the final over the match.

Ajeet Singh Dale’s first four balls were dots and the fifth saw Crane scurry a single, levelling the scores, before a sensational one-handed catch from Bracey – without wearing his ‘keeper glove – removed Jamie McIlroy (five) and dismissed Glamorgan for 592.

Only England’s 654-5 against South Africa in Durban in 1939 and Maharashtra’s 604 against Bombay in 1949 rank higher than Glamorgan’s score. The first-class record winning score remains in the possession of Indian side West Zone, who chased down 536 to beat South Zone in 2010.

In Division One, Tom Lawes took 4-26 as Surrey dismissed Essex for 215 to complete a 145-run victory over their nearest rivals at the Kia Oval and increase their lead at the top of the Division One table.

Dean Elgar scored a typically defiant 60 but Surrey’s quicker bowlers chipped away relentlessly once morning rain had cleared, with 21-year-old Lawes first taking two wickets in successive balls and then returning after tea to break further Essex resistance from Paul Walter and Michael Pepper.

Surrey’s 20-point win, their sixth from nine Division One matches so far this season, was completed with 25.5 overs to spare and they remain on course for three Championship titles in a row.

Elsewhere, Tom Abell hit a perfectly-paced century as Somerset chased down 410 – the second-highest successful fourth-innings run chase in their history – to beat Warwickshire by five wickets on the final day at Taunton, lifting them up to second in the table.

The former club captain finished unbeaten on 152 as his side made light of their mammoth target, winning with 26 balls to spare. Tom Banton contributed 81, James Rew hit 57 not out and Tom Kohler-Cadmore scored 49 after Warwickshire had declared on their overnight second-innings total of 281-8.

Liam Dawson’s stunning 56 from 28 deliveries gave Hampshire a sensational six-wicket win over Kent, having chased down their victory target of 179 with 47 balls to spare.

After Toby Albert, Fletcha Middleton and James Vince had got them off to a flyer, Dawson made it a cakewalk and saw them complete their third win in four matches to keep them in the title race. Kent remain winless in the County Championship since May 3.

Joe Clarke made his fourth century of the season and blunted the threat posed by Lancashire‘s James Anderson to ensure Nottinghamshire salvaged a draw in Southport.

James Anderson puts on superb performance in his first outing for Lancashire as he takes six wickets in nine overs

Clarke passed fifty for the seventh time in 14 first-class innings this season and had put on an unbroken 136 for the fifth wicket with Lyndon James to steer the visitors to 270-4, while the players shook hands with James unbeaten on 43 and Clarke 115no.

Anderson, in contrast to his astonishing spell on Tuesday morning, had figures of 1-25 from 11 overs in two spells on the final day but the eight points the sides collect for the draw enables both of them to pull a little further away from Division One’s relegation zone.

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England’s Ollie Robinson concedes County Championship record 43 runs in over for Sussex vs Leicestershire | Cricket News

England’s Ollie Robinson concedes County Championship record 43 runs in over for Sussex vs Leicestershire | Cricket News

England bowler Ollie Robinson conceded a County Championship-record 43 runs in an over while playing for Sussex against Leicestershire at Hove.

Robinson was taken for six fours and two sixes by Louis Kimber, with three boundaries coming off no-balls, in an eye-wateringly expensive nine-ball over in which he also shipped a single.

Earlier in the week, England spinner Shoaib Bashir – who is currently on loan at Worcestershire from Somerset – conceded 38 runs in an over against Surrey, including five Dan Lawrence sixes.

There was only one winner of this battle in Hove!

At that point, Bashir’s over was the joint-most expensive in Championship history, equalling the 38 runs Alex Tudor was taken for when Surrey played Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford, of which a young Andrew Flintoff struck 34.

But Robinson now has the unwanted record outright after being taken apart by Leicestershire batter Kimber, who clinched a 62-ball century during the carnage having begun the over 72 not out from 56 deliveries.

Shoaib Bashir shipped 38 runs in an over on Monday as he was taken apart by Surrey’s Dan Lawrence while playing for Worcestershire

Robinson and Bashir could conceivably be in England’s XI for the first Test against West Indies at Lord’s from July 10, live on Sky Sports, so the touring batters may be licking their lips!

How the record-breaking over panned out…

  • Ball 1 – Kimber pulls a six over deep backward square leg
  • Ball 2 – Kimber clubs a four in a similar spot off a no-ball
  • Ball 3 – A Robinson bouncer is cracked to deep third for four
  • Ball 4 – Kimber nails Robinson for six over backward square
  • Ball 5 – Another four for Kimber, through square leg
  • Ball 6 – Kimber clinches century with off-side four, off no-ball
  • Ball 7 – Kimber drills four through mid-on
  • Ball 8 – Another no-ball by Robinson is cover-driven for four
  • Ball 9 – A pulled single for Kimber
Ollie Robinson, Sussex (Getty Images)
Robinson could play a key role in the England Test side this summer

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Royal Ascot: Aidan O’Brien sets Ryan Moore new target of Lester Piggott’s record | Racing News

Royal Ascot: Aidan O’Brien sets Ryan Moore new target of Lester Piggott’s record | Racing News

He is only getting better. That was the message from Aidan O’Brien after Ryan Moore went past Frankie Dettori to become the most successful active rider at Royal Ascot.

Having equalled the decorated Italian’s tally when steering Auguste Rodin home in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on Wednesday, the Ballydoyle number one wasted no time in passing his long-time weighing room colleague with a double on day three of the summer showpiece.

Fittingly, it was a ride that exemplified the 40-year-old’s skills in the saddle that brought up number 82, with his expert judgement of pace seeing him the first to breach the gap to runaway front-runner You Got To Me in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

He then showcased his strength to drive the lightly-raced filly Port Fairy home by a neck, having slogged it out with David O’Meara’s Lava Stream in the closing stages.

Moore didn’t have to wait long to increase his total to 83, with another masterclass of race management helping Kyprios to reclaim the Gold Cup crown.

There is not much his long-time boss O’Brien has not previously said about his main man, but the master of Ballydoyle amazingly believes the best of Moore could still be to come.

“It’s incredible – and at his age, Ryan must be 10 years younger than Frankie,” said O’Brien.

When asked if he can match the great Lester Piggott, who triumphed 116 times at the Royal meeting, O’Brien added: “Hopefully he will catch Lester.

“It’s incredible and Ryan has been riding for us a long time now you know. Every year he is getting better, which is incredible. He will definitely keep improving until he is 45.”

It was in the colours of Michael Tabor that Moore both matched Dettori’s tally on Wednesday and then surpassed it on day three and the co-owner was in no doubt about how important their retained rider is to the Coolmore operation.

Tabor said: “His record speaks for itself, they say he has passed Dettori and all records are there to be broken. On top of everything, he is also a nice guy, which is obviously so important.

“It’s great to have him on our side; it’s that he’s not opposing us, which is so important, if you get my drift.

“He’s not getting any worse, is he? He’s just riding at the top of his game and long may it continue.

“He’s riding work at Ballydoyle and is really into everything that goes on there. Aidan gets on with him and it is all about getting on with people. You can be really good at what you do but if you clash, it’s no good and that’s how life is, and they seem to get on really well.

“They are a winning partnership and long may it last. Ryan is at the top of his game and hopefully what is in his thoughts, we know he is going to retire one day, but hopefully it is many years away.”

The double also put Moore one ahead of James Doyle and Oisin Murphy in the week’s leading rider standings and despite now being right up there with the best of his contemporaries, the latter admits he can only dream of matching Moore’s accomplishments in the saddle.

Murphy said: “It’s quite extraordinary what Ryan has done and for a man nowhere near the end of his career to ride this many Royal Ascot winners and be associated with so many outstanding, world-class horses is something special. He’s the ultimate professional and I’m very pleased for him.

“We have a very honest sort of relationship and I’m very grateful for the communication we have. I aspire to one day win as many big races as him, but I know it’s probably not possible.”

Watch every race from Royal Ascot live on Sky Sports Racing this week.

Brighton appoint Fabian Hurzeler, 31, breaking Premier League record for youngest head coach | Football News

Brighton appoint Fabian Hurzeler, 31, breaking Premier League record for youngest head coach | Football News

Brighton have appointed Fabian Hurzeler as their new head coach.

Hurzeler, 31, has agreed a three-year-contract with the south coast club and becomes the youngest permanent manager in Premier League history after succeeding Roberto De Zerbi.

As Sky Sports News has reported, Hurzeler became a leading candidate for the job following their data-led analysis and Brighton contacted St Pauli last Saturday to open negotiations regarding a compensation figure.

He guided St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga after winning last season’s Bundesliga 2 title.

Hurzeler said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be the new head coach of Brighton & Hove Albion.

“After speaking to Tony [Bloom], Paul [Barber] and David [Weir], it was clear that they are highly ambitious. The club has a unique history and bold vision for the future, so I am truly excited to be part of the project.

“The club has made incredible progress over the last few seasons and the aim is to continue building on that success. I am relishing the opportunity to coach in the Premier League, and I can’t wait to meet the players, staff and, of course, the fans.”

St Pauli
Hurzeler guided St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga after winning last season’s Bundesliga 2 title

Brighton chairman Bloom said, “From the start of the process to appoint our new head coach, Fabian was always a standout candidate and one who had caught our attention with his exceptional work at St Pauli over the past 18 months.

“He has a style of play that aligns with how we want a Brighton & Hove Albion team to play, and I’m confident it is one our supporters will appreciate and enjoy.

“Fabian also has an excellent coaching pedigree and has worked with the German federation at various age group levels. We are really excited to start working with Fabian to prepare for the upcoming season.”

He has already shown in a relatively short space of time as a head coach that he is one of the most innovative coaches working in football, and we are looking forward to getting ready for next season.

Brighton deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber

Sky Sports News reported that former Seagulls boss Graham Potter would not be returning for a second spell as head coach despite talks between him and the club.

The Englishman is now interesting Leicester with Potter on their shortlist to replace Enzo Maresca, who left the newly-promoted side to become Chelsea boss.

Hurzeler will be presented to the media at a news conference on July 2.

‘Hurzeler has excellent knowledge of the squad already’

Brighton technical director David Weir said:

“We will work closely with Fabian to help him settle in, and to get to know the club, staff and the area.

“Fabian already has an excellent knowledge of our squad and players, and we will be working to strengthen an already very strong squad during the transfer window.

“We will confirm all of Fabian’s immediate backroom staff in due course, although Andrew Crofts and Jack Stern will be part of that coaching group, as first-team coach and goalkeeping coach respectively.”

Why Brighton have appointed Hurzeler

Fabian Hurzeler

It is probably not the first time you have seen his age mentioned and it definitely will not be the last. That is to be expected considering the seven-year gap between Hurzeler and the next-youngest manager in the league, Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna.

Hurzeler had never been in charge of a first-team side until he took the St Pauli job in December 2022. With only 18 months of management under his belt, he may look like a fledgling in the game, but his coaching exploits began in his early 20s before his retirement at 23.

Read William Bitibiri’s feature on Brighton’s new boss here.

‘One of the hottest German coaches’

St. Pauli coach Fabian H..rzeler is lifted by fans who invaded the field after their team won 3-1 during a second division, Bundesliga soccer match between St. Pauli and VfL, at the Millerntor Stadium, in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)
Hurzeler is lifted into the air by St Pauli fans after securing promotion

Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg:

“Hurzeler was a former professional footballer and only started his managerial career a few years ago. I would say he’s one of the hottest coaches in German football. Many German clubs are interested in him as well.

“On their way to promotion, St Pauli played sensational football. Hurzeler is a good character and a good guy. He’s a bit like Julian Nagelsmann – they’re both very modern, very confident, very brave. Hurzeler loves to attack, he wants to have the ball. He’s not a defensive coach.

“I can understand why Brighton have kept an eye on Hurzeler. He is very ambitious and for sure, 31 years of age is very young, but he has nothing to lose.

“He has a great connection with the players, he’s a leading figure despite his age, and he was absolutely accepted around the club with the fans.

“For Hurzeler, he has to ask himself if it’s the right step for him right now, but from the way he manages the team and the way he wants to play football, he could be the perfect solution and a very brave solution for Brighton at this stage.”