Brighton have announced Chris Hughton has left the club with immediate effect following a final day defeat to Manchester City.

Brighton have announced Chris Hughton has left the club with immediate effect following a final day defeat to Manchester City.

The Irish coach managed to guide the Bluebirds to Premier League safety once again, but the club has decided to make a change after a disappointing overall campaign.

Brighton ended their season with a 4-1 defeat at home to champions Man City and Hughton’s departure has been confirmed on Monday morning.

The club released an official statement on their website which reads: “Chris has done an excellent job over the past four and a half years. First stabilising our club, reaching the play-offs 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.”

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