Two-time English Football League (EFL) Championship winners Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed that Chris Hughton has left the club with immediate effect.
The 60-year-old tactician has left the English Premier League (EPL) club with his assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin.
This comes as a surprise as Hughton and his technical team ensured that the team retained its status in the top flight despite losing to champions Manchester City on the last day of the recent season.
Brighton club chairman Tony Bloom confirmed the departure of the three coaches on Monday.
“Chris has done an excellent job over the past four and a half years. First stabilising our club, reaching the play-offs in his first full season, securing our first ever promotion to the Premier League, and retaining our status in two successive seasons," Bloom said.
“Undoubtedly, this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make as chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season.
“Our run of 3 wins from 23 Premier League matches put our status at significant risk. It is with that in mind, and the performances during that period, that I now feel it’s the right time for a change," he added.
“Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most-respected managers.
“I would like to wish Chris, Paul and Paul – who have all worked extremely hard throughout their time here – every success for the future, and thank them on behalf of everyone at the club.
“They will always be welcome at the Amex, and will be remembered here with great affection.”
The club also confirmed that the process to find Hughton's successor is underway.