Graeme Souness says Brighton’s appointment of De Zerbi is risky

And he has a reaction, you have to tell him that.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Souness highlighted the new boss’s lack of experience in the Premier League and the fact that he had changed many clubs.

He appeared to question De Zerbi’s research and said Albion was taking a risk in appointing him.

Well, to be fair to Souness, there is an element of calculated risk. There’s the attitude of Graham Potter for Chelsea.

Yes, De Zerbi is new to our league.

But football in Europe’s top countries looks pretty much the same these days no matter where you go.

For example, when Souness played for Sampdoria, there was a much bigger difference between British and Italian football.

Yes, de Zerbi will encounter things he didn’t know about the Premier League and he will have to adapt accordingly.

He will make mistakes and learn like Potter did.

It’s happened to everyone – even Pep Guardiola.

Souness has made a valid point of having people around who know the league.

In 1997/98, after taking charge of the ailing Benfica team in November, he quickly brought his side to play the best football in Portugal.

It was too late to bring runaway league leaders Porto, although they beat him 3-0 towards the end of the season.

One of his feats was bringing Brian Deane up front.

The Portuguese laughed at the awkward English target man but he did wonders for the development of their beloved golden boy Nuno Gomes, who was good but raw and overrated at the time.

Hopes were high to end Porto’s dominance in the following season.

But Benfica fell behind and struggled to secure even third place when Souness was sacked with four games to go.

Between those two seasons he had replaced his veteran Portuguese assistant Nelo Vingada with Phil Boersma from his native country.

That was considered a key factor in how they fell off.

So, yes, get some local expertise around you. And keep it there.

Andrew Crofts, Nick Stanley and Jack Stern, among others, appear to be playing their roles there.

Souness’s argument that De Zerbi had many clubs is ridiculous.

Don’t get too many promotions. And don’t go to a country where war breaks out.

In fact, there is currently a big Norwegian lump in east Manchester from a centre-forward who has played for six teams since 2017. journeyman.

Souness expressed doubts about De Zerbi’s research on Brighton, saying he could have just spent a few hours on Google.

But the club themselves seem content with the details of what they know.

Thinking he might get the Albion job, he went and watched some of their games.

It seems like an obvious thing. But he did it so fair to him.

It’s a start. That’s all. As De Zerbi points out, he will learn a lot more on the training ground.

What’s actually wrong with looking up individual pieces of information with Google?

It’s almost as if Souness is accusing him of cheating on a pub quiz.

So then the risk. Well, if anyone knows anything about risk and risk levels, it has to be Tony Bloom.

Brighton needs to be inventive and imaginative. Do things a little differently.

There’s little point in simply copying what others who have more money are doing.

They do this in a variety of ways.

In terms of managers over the years, Bloom has generally gotten it spot on, despite Chris Hughton being the only man he has named manager in a league where he has already served in that capacity.

Although even Hughton recognizes his task of preventing relegation was made easier by working as interim Nathan Jones, whose fire and power syringe was just what everyone needed at the time after months of ice.

And before that was a date that looked gilded.

By this time, Micky Adams was making his comeback and Dean Wilkins was pushed aside after nearly leading a young side to the play-offs.

We’re going back as chairman in this case before Bloom’s days.

What happened to Wilkins was awkward and, personally, I wish I had said it in print at the time.

(It wasn’t really my job back then).

What made it harder to criticize the decision was that Adams was a safe appointment in his place.

Absolutely no risk.

Well, whatever the reason, we know how that worked out.

If you don’t know, you can google it.

Souness is a giant of the game and his opinions are always interesting.

You don’t have to agree with them.

But Albion fans will be happy to know that it’s Bloom who played the cards on their behalf. Graeme Souness says Brighton’s appointment of De Zerbi is risky

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