Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed the appointment of former Bayern Munich manager Jens Scheuer as their new women’s head coach.
As exclusively revealed by Telegraph Sport last week, the 44-year-old was Brighton's number-one choice to replace former England head coach Hope Powell ever since Scheuer visited the Sussex club earlier in December.
Scheuer, who was previously in charge of FC Bayern Munich Frauen and SC Freiburg Frauen in the women’s Bundesliga, has agreed a deal with the Women's Super League club that will keep him on the south coast until the summer of 2026.
The WSL is currently on its annual winter break, meaning that Brighton do not have a scheduled league fixture until their trip to face bottom side Leicester City on January 15, which is likely to be Scheuer's first game in charge subject to him obtaining a work permit.
Scheuer’s arrival ends a lengthy recruitment process by the club to fill the vacancy since Powell resigned on October 31 after more than five years at the helm.
“I’m very excited to work for the team and the club,” said Scheuer. “The facilities are the best I have ever seen. I had good talks with [technical director] David Weir. The first time we spoke it was clear for me that I wanted to come here and build a team which can grow and move up the table. I’m very excited for the future and can’t wait to get started.”
After multiple rounds of interviews, talks with Scheuer were understood to be at a fairly advanced stage earlier this month. Several coaches from across Europe had also been interviewed, including the current Linkopings head coach and former Finland manager Andree Jeglertz. Brighton's interim head coach Amy Merricks – who was Powell's assistant – was also considered for the job full-time.
Former Sweden international and ex-BK Hacken manager Mats Gren was also understood to have been among those under consideration earlier in the process, along with former Norway manager Martin Sjogren, who left the Norwegian national set-up after Euro 2022, and the former Wales manager Jayne Ludlow.
Scheuer spent three years in charge of Bayern – winning the German league title in 2021 and reaching the semi-finals of the Women's Champions League – before exiting in May at the end of last season.
The Sussex club have been public about their ambitious aims for the women's team to establish themselves as a top-four WSL side in the long term, and recently formally opened their new, state-of-the-art £8.5 million training centre dedicated solely for their women's and girls' teams' use.