Hughton lands four-year Brighton deal as reward for 'exceptional job'
Chris Hughton has signed a new four-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion despite missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
The 57-year-old has been rewarded for a season in which Brighton were denied automatic promotion on goal difference after finishing third in the Championship before losing 3-1 on aggregate to Sheffield Wednesday in their semi-final play-off.
"Chris thoroughly deserves this new contract after such an outstanding season," chairman Tony Bloom said. "He has done an exceptional job."
The former Ireland defender was named Championship manager of the year for securing Brighton their best finish since being relegated from the top flight in 1982-'83.
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Former Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo is understood to be the No 1 choice as manager. (© Daily Telegraph, London)