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Sammy Lee and Antti Niemi join backroom staff

27 June 2014

Brighton and Hove Albion have added Sammy Lee and Antti Niemi to their backroom staff.

New manager Sami Hyypia has recruited Lee, his former colleague at Liverpool, from Bolton where he was working with their academy and he will be the Seagulls' new assistant manager.

Hyypia's former international team-mate Niemi will be the club's first-team goalkeeping coach.

Hyypia told the club's official website: "I am delighted Sammy and Antti have accepted our offer, and I am very pleased to welcome them to the club. Together with Nathan and Tom, 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."

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