Manager Axed After Poor Run
Brighton and Hove Albion have sacked manager Chris Hughton following a poor run that saw the side win just three of their last 23 games. Assistant manager Paul Trollope and coach Paul Nevin have also left the club.
In a statement on their official website on Monday morning, chairman Tony Bloom thanked Hughton for his efforts over a four-and-a-half year period that saw them win promotion to the Premier League. But he added:
“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.”
He went on:
“Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most-respected managers.”
Brighton ended the season in 17th place despite winning none of their final nine matches. But they flirted with relegation during the final few weeks having been in 13th place and nine points ahead of the drop zone before Christmas.