Brighton head of recruitment accepts Chelsea offer

Brighton have placed head of recruitment Sam Jewell on gardening leave after he accepted an offer to join Chelsea.

The 34-year-old follows his predecessor Paul Winstanley, who joined the Blues from Brighton 16 months ago. 

Brighton said: "Sam has now commenced a period of gardening leave. We thank him for his long service to our club.  

"With immediate effect, Mike Cave, assistant technical director, supported by George Holmes, scouting and intelligence manager, will assume Sam’s responsibilities."

Jewell, son of former manager Paul, joined Brighton in May 2016 as the U21s head of recruitment.

He became emerging talent scouting manager in 2018 and has been head of recruitment for 14 months.

During this time, Brighton signed Alexis Mac Allister, Moises Caicedo, Facundo Buonanotte and Julio Enciso.