Former Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has been appointed the new manager of Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 56-year-old will succeed Sami Hyypia, who resigned just six months after joining from Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen.
Brighton reached the play-offs last term, but have endured a miserable season and head into the New Year currently 21st in the league table, narrowly ahead of Ian Holloway's Millwall.
They have amassed just 23 points from 24 games, though will enter 2015 on the back of a 2-0 win over Fulham that saw them leapfrog the Lions into the safety positions.
After initially aiming for promotion, they will now be hoping to remain in England's second-tier with Hughton the man charged with the job of arresting their current slump.
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Hughton has been out of work since leaving Norwich towards the end of last season, with the club hierarchy replacing him with Neil Adams after a string of results had them staring down the barrel of relegation.
He has enjoyed previously successful spells at Newcastle United and Birmingham, and could use that experience to keep Brighton in the division.
FA Cup debut
His first game is likely to be come in the third round of the FA Cup, with the Seagulls paired against fellow Championship side Brentford.
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