Chris Hughton has broken his silence by revealing he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” to be sacked by Brighton. The 60-year-old had guided the Seagulls to promotion to the Premier League in 2017, but was relieved of his duties the day after Albion’s final game of a season.
In a statement released by the League Managers Association, Hughton also thanked the players and fans after steering Brighton to finish 17th in the Premier League table, two points ahead of third-bottom Cardiff. “I was hugely disappointed and surprised by the decision that was made to end my time with Brighton and Hove Albion FC,” Hughton said.
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“I thoroughly enjoyed my four and a half years managing this special football club. I would like to put on record my gratitude to my coaching staff, the players, fans, everyone connected to the club and the wider community of Brighton & Hove and wish them luck for the future.”
The LMA said Hughton had been an inspiration for helping turn Brighton’s fortunes around during his time at the club. “Chris’ impressive tenure has been inspirational for his peers in the game,” said LMA chief executive Richard Bevan.
“He has helped transform Brighton & Hove Albion, from fighting relegation to League One, to competing with the best teams in the world and retaining Premier League status for yet another season. “This season, he again proved his managerial ability in also leading his team to the semi-final of the FA Cup for only the second time in the club’s history. “He continues to be a tremendous role model for young managers and coaches in the game.”
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