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Chris Hughton ‘surprised’ by sacking

CHRIS HUGHTON has revealed he was ‘hugely disappointed and surprised’ to be dismissed by Brighton last week.

Hughton (pictured) who guided the Seagulls to promotion to the Premier League in 2017, departed the day after their final game of a season in which they finished 17th, two points ahead of third-bottom Cardiff.

‘I was hugely disappointed and surprised by the decision that was made to end my time with Brighton,’ Hughton said in a statement released by the League Managers Association.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my four-and-a-half years managing this special 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 & Hove and wish them luck for the future.’

The LMA said Hughton, who has been replaced by Graham Potter, had been crucial to the club’s upturn in fortunes.

‘Chris’ impressive tenure has been inspirational for his peers in the game,’ said LMA chief executive Richard Bevan. ‘He has helped transform Brighton from fighting relegation to League One, to competing with the best teams in the world.’