Brighton sack manager Chris Hughton

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Brighton have sacked manager Chris Hughton following the club’s poor run of form in 2019.

Albion scraped Premier League survival by two points following just two wins from 18 top-flight matches since the turn of the year.

On Sunday, they suffered a 4-1 defeat to champions Manchester City in Hughton's last game in charge, having also lost to Pep Guardiola's side in the FA Cup semi-finals too. 

Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom told the club website: “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 three 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.”

Hughton took over at Brighton in December 2014, taking them to the Premier League in the summer of 2017.

The 60-year-old has also previously earned promotion to the top tier with Newcastle and has previously also managed Norwich and Birmingham.

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“Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most-respected managers,” Bloom added.

Hughton’s assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin have also left the club.

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