What a job Chris Hughton has done at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Seagulls were one of the favourites to go down at the start of the season. But they never looked in real danger in being relegated.
Their season ended on a sour note as they were destroyed 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield, but that does not take anything away from the club.
Hughton’s side finished in 15th on 40 points, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
There have been multiple managers who have done superb jobs this season, including Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Sean Dyche at Burnley and Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace.
But many will argue that Hughton has been the Premier League manager of the season.
SOLLY MARCH’S GESTURE AFTER LIVERPOOL LOSS
It was a day to forget for Solly March.
Not only did his team lose 4-0, but he was also caught making a rude gesture by Sky Sports cameras at the end of the game.
After the final whistle was blown, March went over to the travelling Brighton fans to clap them for their support.
But, instead of clapping, he showed his middle finger. Not just once, but multiple times.
Watch the incident here:
As a result, March has been forced to apologise on Twitter.
The 23-year-old conceded it was a ‘silly thing to do’ before explaining that the gesture was directed to a group of friends in the crowd.
“I wanted to apologise for gesture I made, It was a silly thing to do,” he wrote. “It was aimed at my mates in the crowd as they were telling me to hurry up as I have to make a flight to go to my wedding! Thanks to the fans for the amazing support throughout the season!”
So, that clears things up. Fair play to March for addressing the situation and apologising.
However, although his actions were completely harmless, ultimately it was a silly thing to do.
He can have no complaints if he does end up receiving a ban.
HUGHTON’S COMMENTS AFTER THE GAME
Hughton admitted after the game that it had been a tough week for the club.
“It’s been a tough week for us and I think that probably showed a little bit,” he conceded. “We flew up to City in midweek, had a very difficult game up there.
“Concentration levels have to be high and then to come and do it again a few days later maybe took its toll a little bit. But we were up against a team that, if you look at the forward line they started with, you knew you were going to in for a difficult afternoon.
“You’ve got to defend really well, be a bit fortunate which we were at times, need a goalkeeper that can make good saves and probably most of all we needed to be better on the ball. We never relieved the pressure enough with our ability on the ball. Probably that was the biggest aspect.”