Chris Hughton sacked by Brighton despite securing third season of Premier League football
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 13, 2019
Chris Hughton has been sacked by Brighton and Hove Albion. Brighton finished the season 17th, one place and just two points above the relegation zone, having had their safety confirmed a week ago, when Cardiff lost to Crystal Palace. They were beaten 4-1 by title-winners Manchester City on Sunday.
Hughton was appointed Brighton manager in December 2014, and guided them to survival in the Championship six months later.
He swiftly transformed the club into promotion contenders, finishing third in his first full season before losing out in the play-offs, and then winning automatic promotion a year later.
After finishing 15th in their first season in the Premier League, Brighton survived again this year, but the Brighton board have decided that does not mean Hughton is worthy of keeping his job.
Brighton, who said they have not decided on a successor, but the process is underway, ended the season two points above the relegation zone with 36 points.