'Confident, composed, focused... and a lurking steely resolve'

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Confident, composed and focused. Fabian Hurzeler may be 31, and the Premier League's youngest head coach, but he comes across as an old hand.

He never missed a beat in his first news conference and looked at home in front of the expectant media.

The German was keen to stress he has five years of experience, and although the headlines will quote him as "the grounded one" or "a friendly authority", there were also early clues about his personality.

There is no doubt he is passionate but a steely resolve seemed to lurk behind his youthful face.

The former St Pauli coach also showed a sense of humour which may endear him to the media more than his predecessor. His grasp of English is superior to Roberto de Zerbi, who was often misinterpreted by those not in the room with him.

As he conceded himself, Hurzeler will be judged by results, but flanked by one of the best owners and one of the most dextrous chief executives, he has a supportive team around him.

To achieve promotion with St Pauli on the budget he had was incredible - and a key reason for his appointment - but he knows he faces a very different challenge in the Premier League.

He has already spoken to some of his players and he wants "bravery" and "humility".

There is no doubt he has a good foundation on which to build, but his first home game is against Manchester United, sandwiched between tough trips to Arsenal and first up Everton.

Moulding his squad and imparting his own style will need to be quick but, based on his performance on Tuesday, he has all the attributes to be a success.

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