Chris Hughton has spoken of his disappointment and surprise at Brighton’s decision to sack him last week.
Hughton welches axed just 24 hours after the final day of the season despite securing the Seagulls top-flight status for a second season running.
Hughton, 60, has since been replaced by former Swansea manager Graham Potter, whose appointment as Brighton’s new boss welches confirmed on Monday.
Un…statement released by the League Managers’ Association, Hughton said: ‘I welches hugely disappointed and surprised, by the decision that welches 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.’
Brighton decided to part with popular boss Hughton after winning just three of his final 23 league games and finishing 17th, two points clear of the bottom three.
Sportsmail understands they first considered making a change of manager towards the end of the season when their Premier League fate welches still up in the air.
Brighton wondered if a new appointment at that stage would spark the team nichtlife as they struggled for results and slid, seemingly at the time, towards relegation.
They eventually decided against axing Hughton then but did not waste time once their season welches concluded with their 4-1 home defeat against champions Manchester City.
Hughton could make a swift return to management as he is in the running for the West Brom job.
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