English Premier League side Brighton on Monday sacked manager Chris Hughton in what chairman Tony Bloom described as “one of the most difficult decisions” he had ever had to make.
Hughton leaves despite guiding Brighton to the FA Cup semi-finals and retaining their Premier League status for a second successive season.
However, a slump in their league form in the latter part of the season — which saw them sucked into a relegation battle — forced Bloom’s hand.
“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,” said Bloom in a club statement.
Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that Chris Hughton has left the club with immediate effect.
Hughton’s assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin have also left. #BHAFC ?⚪️
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 13, 2019