Chris Hughton part ways with Brighton & Hove Albion after 5 seasons

Chris Hughton part ways with Brighton & Hove Albion after 5 seasons

- Chris Hughton has been sacked by Brighton & Hove Albion after narrowly escaping relegation from the Premier League

- The Seagulls were hammered 4-1 at the Amex Stadium as Man City went ahead to win the title for the second time in a row

- Hughton joined Brighton in 2014 and got them promoted to the EPL in the 2016–17 season after finishing second in the EFL

Brighton & Hove Albion have sacked their manager Chris Hughton following his side's poor performance during the recently concluded Premier League season.

The Seagulls narrowly escaped relegation having finished 17th on the log with 36 points - two points better than Cardiff City who returned to the Championship after one season in the EPL.

Hughton's men were hammered 4-1 on the last day by the eventual champions Manchester City at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, May 12.

The 60-year-old's assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin also left the club at the end of the season.

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Meanwhile, the club's chairman Tony Bloom said, "Chris has done an excellent job over the past four and a half years.

"First stabilising our club, reaching the play-offs in his first full season, securing our first ever promotion to the Premier League, and retaining our status in two successive seasons.

"Undoubtedly, this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make as chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season.

"Our run of 3 wins from 23 Premier League matches put our status at significant risk. It is with that in mind, and the performances during that period, that I now feel it’s the right time for a change.

"Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most-respected managers.

"I would like to wish Chris, Paul and Paul – who have all worked extremely hard throughout their time here – every success for the future, and thank them on behalf of everyone at the club.

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"They will always be welcome at the Amex, and will be remembered here with great affection."

The club have confirmed that the process to find Chris’s successor is underway, and that there will be no further comment at this stage.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester City thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 in last Premier League match of the season to be crowned champions once again.

Glenn Murray opened scoring for for the Seagulls but a quick response from Sergio Aguero restored parity for the visitors.

After which Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan all scored a goal each to seal the 4-1 win and were crowned champions for the second time on a row.

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