Despite keeping them in the English Premier League for a second successive season, Brighton and Hove Albion have parted ways with manager Chris Hughton, his assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin.
Brighton secured top-flight football for another season after Cardiff City lost out to Crystal Palace a fortnight ago and pulled a 1-1 draw against Arsenal before losing out to Manchester City 4-1 to hand the Blues the title. Hughton guided the club to promotion from the Championship in 2016/17 and earned them a 15 place finish last season.
In a club statement posted on their official website, Chairman Tony Bloom said, “Chris has done an excellent job over the past four and a half years. First stabilizing our 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.
“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 3 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.”