Sammy Lee Leaves Bolton For Brighton

  • June 27, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Sammy Lee has left Bolton Wanderers, having been appointed Assistant Manager to Sami Hyypia at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Lee has had three spells at Bolton - first as a player, then as assistant manager and subsequent promotion to first-team manager, then, most recently, as Head of Academy Coaching and Development.

He returned to the club in February 2012, four-and-a-half years after losing his job as manager, but is set to move on to better things after moving to the AMEX Stadium, where he will link up with Hyypia - who he coached during their time at Liverpool.

Lee will be joined by former Southampton goalkeeper Antti Niemi on the south coast, after Niemi was appointed first-team goalkeeping coach.

Speaking about the additions to his backroom staff, Hyypia said: "I am delighted Sammy and Antti have accepted our offer, and I am very pleased to welcome them to the club. Together with Nathan (Jones) and Tom (Barnden), they will form our first-team coaching group.

"I know both Sammy and Antti well, having been at Liverpool when Sammy was assistant manager, and I played alongside Antti for the Finnish national team.

"They are two great characters and will bring a great deal to the club, to the players, and to me personally as manager. Sammy's and Antti's coaching credentials are first rate and they complement Nathan's coaching abilities and Tom's experience and knowledge of the physical preparation necessary for players. I'm looking forward to working with all four coaches.

"Sammy has played and coached at the top level of football domestically and with England. Antti has played in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues, so he knows British football very well. Since he retired from playing, he has coached in Finland and also with the national team."

In a statement published on Bolton's official website, Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside thanked Lee for his commitment to the club and wished in well in his future career.

"Sammy has been a fantastic servant to Bolton Wanderers during his time with us," he said.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Sammy for his endeavours and efforts with us and wish him all the best for the future."

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