Chris Hughton has been sacked as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion despite guiding the club to the FA Cup semi-finals and retaining their Premier League status for a second successive season.
Hughton’s final match in charge was the 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, which confirmed Pep Guardiola’s men as Premier League champions.
Hughton – who had previously managed among others Newcastle, Norwich and Birmingham – replaced Sami Hyypia in December 2014, with Brighton just above the Championship relegation zone.
chairman Tony Bloom described as “one of the most difficult decisions” he had ever had to make., but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season,” said Bloom in a club statement.
The decision may well have come as a shock to 60-year-old Hughton, who had spoken of his desire for players to bounce back from the final day 4-1 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday and other disappointing spells during the campaign.
Current Swansea City manager Graham Potter is the odds-on favourite to replace Hughton, according to Betfair. The 43-year-old took the main job at the Welsh outfit at the beginning of this season following an eight-year stay with Ostersunds in Sweden.