Brighton & Hove Albion have sacked long-time manager Chris Hughton after the team only just managed premier league survival this season.
He was appointed manager on 31st December 2014, and kept the struggling side in the Championship before guiding them to the play-offs in the next season.
He gained promotion with the club to the Premier League in his third season in charge, before consolidating their top-flight status last season, finishing 15th.
The former Republic of Ireland international had previously had managerial jobs at Tottenham, Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich City before joining Brighton.
Fans have shown their disapproval over the club’s decision on social media with many also thanking him for his service and the amazing job that he has done for the Seagulls.
Although, it wasn’t pretty, survival this season should’ve been regarded as a success. However the club were not happy finishing only one place above the relegation zone.
Brighton won just 3 of their last 23 matches and survival was only confirmed with just 3 matches to spare when Brighten held Newcastle to a 1-1 draw at AMEX Stadium.
Hughton’s departure was announced by the club, who released a statement hours after the 4-1 home defeat to champions Manchester City on the final day of the season.
“Undoubtedly, this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season”
Tony Bloom , Brighton & Hove Albion Chairman.
Brighton will be looking for a replacement manager for the upcoming season, which starts on Friday 9th August 2019, whilst many teams will be asking to acquire Houghton’s managerial services.
Chairman Tony Bloom then went on to say; “Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most-respected managers”