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Brighton sack Chris Hughton despite ensuring Premier League survival

This seems very harsh...

This seems fairly harsh.

Brighton have sacked manager Chris Hughton less than 24 hours after the end to the Premier League season.

The Seagulls narrowly escaped relegation but Hughton has now kept the Seasiders in the top flight for two successive years.

They briefly looked like causing a monumental upset on Sunday before eventually succumbing 4-1 to champions Man City.

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said: “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.”

Going going gone

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Going going gone

Brighton rose to as high as 10th in December after a 3-1 victory over arch rivals Crystal Palace in December but, as Bloom suggested, their form nosedived in 2019.

Safety wasn’t enough for Hughton, who paid the price for their dodgy performances.

Interestingly Brighton are the only Premier League side in history to have won 100% of their home games against Man United.

That probably says more about United, though…