The powers that be at Brighton & Hove Albion officially announced today that they have reluctantly elected to fire longtime manager Chris Hughton after a rough season that culminated in almost getting relegated from the English Premier League. The 60-year-old former Newcastle gaffer has been with the Seagulls since December 31, 2014, and helped facilitate Brighton's first ever move to the EPL in 2017.
Club chairman Tony Bloom was more than complementary for his now former leader. "Chris has done an excellent job over the past four and a half years. First stabilizing the club, reaching the playoffs in his first full season, securing our first ever promotion to the Premier League, and retaining our status in two successive seasons."
Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that Chris Hughton has left the club with immediate effect.— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2019
Hughton’s assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin have also left. #BHAFC 🔵⚪️
He did, however, go on to give a pretty clear reason as to why Hughton will no longer hold the line at Brighton. "Our run of 3 wins from 23 Premier League matches put our status at significant risk." And while they were able to survive and finish the year in 17th position and just two points ahead of the first relegation spot, it was a drastic decline from last year when they ended up sitting comfortably in 15th.
The main issue that essentially became the final blow to Hughton's tenure was that his squad scored a tepid 35 goals, good for fourth last in the EPL. They scored at least two goals in only eight league matches, and only bagged one goal in the month of April.
We have no doubt at all that Hughton will quickly find himself employed once again in the coming months. We will be sure to update all of you when any news regarding this come out.
As for Brighton, it appears that the club is looking at Swansea skipper Graham Potter as their next hire.