Date:Sunday June 29 2014
Sammy Lee's reign as assistant manager at Brighton have proven to be a very short lived one, in actually fact he'd not even officially started his work alongside Sami Hyypia before reversing his decision.
He's now taken a coaching post with Southampton instead, they might want to check and recheck that this is what he's going to do before officially announcing anything though!
Albion have understandably been left frustrated and disappointed by Lee's u-turn with chief exec Paul Barber telling the official website that there wasn't any indication of an interest from Southampton to either us or Bolton upon Lee deciding to leave them to become our assistant manager.
'It is extremely disappointing for the club, Sami Hyypia and those of us who worked hard to bring him here, that Sammy Lee has now reversed his decision after agreeing to become assistant manager.
'Nobody at our club or Bolton Wanderers, was aware of any interest from Southampton until several hours after we announced Sammy's appointment as our assistant manager. It's certainly not a situation any of us have come across before.'
With Lee agreeing the terms of his contract and set to officially start his work tomorrow Albion would have been within their rights to insist that Lee served out a 'notice period' but Barber went on to say that this wouldn't have been productive for anyone involved and Lee was still wished well for the future.
I'm not so sure that the thoughts are as polite behind closed doors mind.
Commenting on this himself Lee said that he was thrilled to have been offered the chance to work with Sami again and had been looking forward to starting work with us but when the unexpected opportunity to work in the Premier League with Southampton came along, given where he is at in the stage of his career, he couldn't say no.
This is a blow in more ways than one as his appointment alongside Hyypia would have worked very well I'm sure but I'm equally as sure that our new manager has enough contracts to be able to bring in someone that is fully committed to the role, with the coaches that we have in place more than capable of helping our until this is the case too.
Date:Sunday June 29 2014
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