Jens Scheuer leaves Brighton amid ‘concerns’ about management style
Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Jens Scheuer has left the Women’s Super League club after just two months in charge and is understood to have left suddenly amid growing concerns about his management style .
The former Bayern Munich manager had arrived on December 28 on a three-and-a-half-year contract, but will be leaving on mutual consent without having won a WSL game, and with Brighton in danger of relegation. He took charge of just six games in all competitions in England, including just three WSL games, of which his side lost two and drew the other.
According to several sources, a number of staff and players at Brighton were unhappy with the way Scheuer had been speaking to colleagues in meetings, on the training ground and in the dressing room. and how he dealt with the players and other employees of the club. so much so that there was general concern around the club that his position just wasn’t going to work out in the long term. Scheuer has been contacted for comment.
The 44-year-old will leave the Sussex club 11th in the WSL, two points above the relegation zone. A club statement confirmed Amy Merricks, assisted by Perry Northeast, will lead Brighton’s league trip to defending champions Chelsea on Wednesday.
Brighton technical director David Weir said in a statement: “With Jens we did not come to this decision lightly, and while we understand he has given his all in office this feels like the right step forward for all parties involved.
“We would like to thank Jens for what he has done and, on behalf of everyone at the club, we wish him all the best for the future.
Scheuer had replaced former England coach Hope Powell at Brighton, after Powell resigned at the end of October following an 8-0 defeat to Tottenham. Merricks took charge in the interim period for nearly three months while Brighton searched for Powell’s replacement. Telegraph Sport revealed in early December that Scheuer was the main candidate for the club in that recruitment process.
He previously managed Bayern Munich for three years, reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s League in 2021. His last game in charge of Brighton was a 5-0 win over second-tier strugglers Coventry United in the Cup Women’s FA on 26 February, however, her last WSL game ended in a heavy 6-2 home defeat against Aston Villa.