Fabian Huerzeler will become Albion’s youngest ever manager or head coach – but the 13th to get the job in his 30s.

The former St Pauli boss will take charge of the Seagulls at the age of 31.

Some current fans may well recall Alan Mullery being appointed by Mike Bamber in the Goldstone days when he was 34.

But the youngest before Huerzeler was Charlie Webb, who was made first team boss at 32 in very different times way back in 1919.

Of those from the more modern era, Chris Cattlin, Micky Adams, Liam Brady and Barry Lloyd were all 37 when they took charge.

Brian Clough was 38 when he was appointed – and 39 when he left to join Leeds.

Mullery famously took Albion from third tier to first in the 1970s after taking up his first managerial job when his playing days ended at Fulham.

Only one manager was 50 or older when taking the job – and he was also a Tony Bloom appointment.

Chris Hughton steadied the ship midway through the 2014-15 season when he was 56.

While providing the above information, club historian Tim Carder has also revealed Huerzeler is the 37th different manager or head coach of the club, but the 39th appointment as Mullery and Adams both did it twice.

In wider terms, Huerzeler is the youngest ‘permanent’ top-flight head coach or manager in the Premier League era although Ryan Mason was 29 when he had an interim stint in charge at Tottenham in 2021.