Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was appointed Brighton manager on 31 December 2014, and in the three and a half years since then, Brighton have done brilliantly.
In Chris’ first full season in charge, they were beaten in the playoffs after they had finished in third place tied with Middlesbrough on points but had an inferior goal difference – of just 2 goals.
But finally, in May of last year, they were automatically promoted with Newcastle.
And Chris has done another terrific job this year to keep Brighton in England’s first tier.
The two popular managers shake hands
Chris has been given a new deal ty the Seagulls that keeps him on the south coast for the next three years – good for him and great for Brighton.
This is what Brighton Chairman Tony Bloom has said about one of the real gentlemen of the game:
Chris’s record as our manager is absolutely superb, he has been great for the club and his measured and calm approach brings out the very best in all around him.
Our first-ever Premier League season has been a brilliant experience for the club, with some iconic moments.
“Thos include an unforgettable night at the Amex against Manchester United to secure our Premier League status earlier this month .
Brighton have moved quickly to keep Chris at the Amex.
Chris deserved a new deal and he was nominated for Premier League Manager of the Year along with Rafa Benitez for the season just finished.
On the home front – why doesn’t Mike Ashley quickly accede to Rafa Benitez’ demands – after all they are for the good of the club – and sign him on a long-term deal at Newcastle.
Come on MIke – try to move quickly to keep Rafa at Newcastle – he’s our main (only) hope for the future.