Brighton reward Chris Hughton with new long-term contract

His team reached the playoffs

Brighton reward Chris Hughton with new long-term contract

New Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton - Photo: via @OfficialBHAFC

Former Ireland international Chris Hughton has agreed a new four-year contract with Brighton.

After an impressive campaign in the Championship, Brighton were only denied automatic promotion to the Premier League on goal difference, before losing 3-1 to Sheffield Wednesday over two legs in the playoff.

The ex-Newcastle and Norwich manager has now been rewarded with a long-term deal.

"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," chairman Tony Bloom told the club website.

"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.

"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."