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Brighton hand Hughton four-year deal


Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton


Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has signed a new four-year contract just days after the club missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

A draw at Middlesbrough on the final day of the regular league season saw Brighton condemned to third place in the Sky Bet Championship, when automatic promotion was tantalisingly close.

A painful play-off semi-final defeat followed at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, meaning Brighton must try again next season to earn a place in the top flight.

And the ambitious Seagulls board members trust Hughton to lead the challenge, handing him a new deal that runs until 2020.

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom told the club's official website: "Chris thoroughly deserves this new contract after such an outstanding season.

"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."

Brighton's play-off elimination came on Monday night when a 1-1 home draw against their South Yorkshire opponents saw them knocked out 3-1 on aggregate.