Chris Hughton has done a great job since joining Brighton & Hove Albion on the very last day of 2014 and in two years he only just missed out on promotion last season.
Brighton were level on points (89) with second placed Middlesbrough, but their goal difference was just two less than the north-east club.
And the Seagulls didn’t make it in the playoffs losing 3-1 on aggregate to Sheffield Wednesday (who finished 15 points behind Brighton) and the Owls were then beaten 1-0 in the final by Hull City with Mo Diame scoring a sensational goal to win it 1-0 for Hull.
Chris Hughton – Brighton & Hove Albion manager
We’re not sure why there are playoffs for 3rd place in the Championship – there are not playoffs for 3rd bottom place in the Premier League.
It’s for the extra money we assume.
Chris Hughton doesn’t get the credit he deserves for the great job he’s done on the south coast and Rafa Benitez has pointed out in the Chronicle what a great manager Hughton is.
This is what Rafa has said about Chris and Brighton:
“He is a great manager and he has a great team. They are doing really well.”
“It’s not easy to win in any competition.” “But they are in the Championship and still winning.”
“That shows to me how good Hughton is and how good Brighton are.”
“Brighton are doing well.”
“Hopefully we can keep winning, then we don’t need to see what they do, we can continue what we have to do.”
It would be great if both Newcastle and Brighton can be promoted this season in those two automatic promotion slots.
Brighton are at Birmingham City in the late kick-off game tomorrow afternoon and Gianfranco Zola as expected was appointed the new Blues manager yesterday after Gary Rowett was surprisingly fired early in the week.
We need a win tomorrow.