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Published: 09:26 | 16/5/18

Hughton signs new three-year deal at Brighton


Brighton have rewarded manager Chris Hughton with a new three-year contract after the former Ireland full-back helped secure their Premier League survival.

The Seagulls finished 15th in their debut season in the Premier League - seven points clear of the relegation zone.

The 59-year-old masterminded wins over Arsenal and Manchester United in the final weeks of the season as Brighton mounted a late-season rally out of trouble.

Hughton, who had previous managerial experience at Newcastle and Norwich, took over the South Coast club in 2014 when they were struggling in 21st spot in the Championship.

He told the club's website: “I’m delighted to have extended my time with the club.

"The set-up in terms of the training ground and excellent facilities, and the professionalism of all the staff across the club gives us a platform and creates an excellent environment for us to work on a daily basis – and I would like to thank everyone at the club for their efforts this season."

But Hughton is under no illusions that his task will be any easier next season.

He added: "Our second season will be tougher, and we will need that spirit of togetherness to help us continue to progress.

"Once we've had a well-earned break and reflected on the season just gone, we will begin planning for 2018-19."

Brighton Chairman Tony Bloom said: “Our first-ever Premier League season has been a brilliant experience for the club, with some iconic moments, including an unforgettable night at the Amex against Manchester United to secure our Premier League status earlier this month."

Hughton won 59 caps for Ireland over a 12-year period and was part of the squads for the 1988 European Championships and the 1990 World Cup. He was Ireland boss Brian Kerr's assistant from February 2003 to October 2005.

Manchester United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 19 May, a game that will be shown live on BT Sport 2 [kick-off 5.15pm Irish time].

Images: Getty/ Charlie Crowhurst

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