Chris Hughton has been axed by Brighton and Hove Albion the day after the end of the Premier League season. The club confirmed the news on Monday morning, less than 24 hours after Brighton had ended their campaign with a 4-1 defeat to champions Manchester City. Hughton guided Brighton to safety this season, but only just, as the Seagulls survived relegation by two points, finishing in 17th place. A statement from club chairman Tony Bloom said: ‘Chris has done an excellent job over the past four and a half years.

‘First stabilising our club, reaching the play-offs in his first full season, securing our first ever promotion to the Premier League, and retaining our status in two successive seasons. ‘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.

Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most-respected managers. ‘I would like to wish Chris, Paul and Paul – who have all worked extremely hard throughout their time here – every success for the future, and thank them on behalf of everyone at the club. ‘They will always be welcome at the Amex, and will be remembered here with great affection.’

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