Chris Hughton has expressed his shock at being sacked by Brighton in a statement released by the League Managers Association.
Hughton, 60, who guided the Seagulls to promotion in 2017, departed the the club on May 13 after they finished 17th in the Premier League.
In a statement released by the League Managers Association, Chris Hughton said: “I was hugely disappointed and surprised, by the decision that was made to end my time with Brighton and Hove Albion FC.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my four and a half years managing this special football 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.
LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “Chris’ impressive tenure has been inspirational for his peers in the game.
“He has helped transform Brighton & Hove Albion, from fighting relegation to League One, to competing with the best teams in the world and retaining Premier League status for yet another season.
The LMA has released a statement on behalf of Chris Hughton.
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“This season, he again proved his managerial ability in also leading his team to the Semi-Final of the FA Cup for only the second time in the club’s history.
“He continues to be a tremendous role model for young managers and coaches in the game.”
As we revealed last week Swansea City boss Graham Potter was Brighton’s number one target to replace Hughton and he was given the job this week.