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Published: 19:54 | 18/5/16

Hughton signs new deal at Brighton

Former Ireland No2 pens four-year deal at the Amex Stadium

Former Ireland assistant manager Chris Hughton has signed a new four-year deal at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 57-year-old extends his current contract as Seagulls' manager just days after the Championship club missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

Despite amassing 89 points, Brighton finished third behind champions Burnley and runners-up Middlesbrough, and were eliminated at the semi-final stage of the play-offs, going out 3-1 on aggregate to Sheffield Wednesday, a club they finished 15 points clear of in the regular season.

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom says the new deal for the former Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich boss is a just reward for a fine season.

Albion started the season with a new mark of 21 matches undefeated, and ended their league campaign with a 14-match unbeaten run, equalling the club record set in 1999-2000.

"There is no doubt he is one of the best and most skilful 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," Bloom told the club's official 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."

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