Brighton have sacked manager Chris Hughton after four-and-a-half-years at the club despite their Premier League survival.
The 60-year-old saw Brighton survive relegation by a whisker, staying up by just two points and managing only 11 points from 18 games since the start of 2019.
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said, as quoted by Sky Sports: “Chris has done an excellent job, 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, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season.”
“Our run of three 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.”
“Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most respected managers. I would like to wish Chris, Paul and Paul – who have all worked extremely hard throughout their time here – every success for the future, and thank them on behalf of everyone at the club.”
“They will always be welcome at the Amex, and will be remembered here with great affection.”
Hughton, a former Norwich City boss was appointed as manager at Brigthon in December 2014 and kept the club in the Sky Bet Championship in his inaugural season, before achieving promotion to the Premier League in 2017.