Chris Hughton signs new four-year Brighton contract

Brighton and Hove Albion Manager Chris Hughton during the Sky Bet Championship match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.
Image: Brighton manager Chris Hughton has signed a new four-year deal at the club

Chris Hughton brushed off the disappointment of losing in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final with Brighton to sign a new four-year deal with the club.

Hughton led Albion to third place in the Championship and won the LMA Championship Manager of the Year award, but lost 3-1 on aggregate to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs. His new deal will run until June 2020. 

Chairman Tony Bloom said: "Chris thoroughly deserves this new contract after such an outstanding season. He has done an exceptional job since he took over as manager on New Year's Eve 2014. 

Hughton said his players have been magnificent all season after they lost in the play-offs to Sheffield Wednesday

"He secured our safety in his first five months in charge, and has instigated an outstanding turnaround in our fortunes on the pitch. 

"He has overseen the building of a squad of which we are immensely proud, and one which has delivered a season to remember for our fans. He also has led the club off the pitch too, at important and difficult times, and we are very proud to have him as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg between Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday

"There is no doubt he is one of the best and most skillful managers in the country and we are delighted to be going into next season with Chris at the helm and leading our club as we aim to go one step further and realise our ultimate aim of reaching the Premier League."

Chief executive Paul Barber added: "Chris has been an absolute pleasure to work with for me and for everyone at the club. He is hugely respected by the board and our staff and I am absolutely delighted he has committed his longer term future to the club.

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"Chris's football knowledge and managerial ability is first class, and he is one of the most-respected figures in English football. I echo the chairman's comments when I say we are very proud of Chris's achievements this season, and we are delighted to have him as our manager."

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