Sam Jewell named acting head of recruitment at Brighton

Brighton have named Sam Jewell as acting head of recruitment with support from technical director David Weir.

News of Chelsea’s move for Paul Winstanley emerged from west London sources in the days ahead of their Premier League visit to the Amex in late October.

Albion are disappointed to see him go but are confident they have all in place as they look towards the mid-season window and beyond.

Via a club statement, chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said: “We wish Paul well and thank him for all he has done during his time at the club.

“In line with our club’s policy of being prepared with immediate high quality cover in the event we lose key staff, Sam Jewell will step up as acting head of recruitment, supported by our technical director David Weir.

“We have an excellent recruitment team and infrastructure in place, who will also give Sam all the support and expertise he needs.

“So, while we are disappointed to lose Paul, we know we can absorb this change, as we move forward into the January transfer window.”