Ousted Brighton manager, Chris Hughton is disappointed over the club’s decision fire him after helping them to their third successive Premier League campaign in 34-years.
Hughton’s four-and-a-half year reign as a manager of the club was terminated last Monday, following his side’s 4-1 defeat by Manchester City which saw them remain 17th on the Premier League table.
Speaking after the incident,Chris Hughton expressed sadness over the club’s decision;
”I was hugely disappointed and surprised, by the decision that was made to end my time with Brighton and Hove Albion FC,” Hughton said in a statement from the League Manager’s Association (LMA) on Wednesday.
”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 and wish them luck for the future,” he said.
Hughton led Brighton into the top flight in 2017, ending a 34-year absence, and they survived a second season despite failing to win any of their last nine games.
Brighton also reached this season’s FA Cup semi-final.
And LMA chief executive, Richard Bevan, said Hughton’s tenure had been inspirational.
”He 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.
”He continues to be a tremendous role model for young managers and coaches in the game,Bevan added.