Brighton have sacked Chris Hughton.
The former Republic of Ireland international has managed the Seagulls for four-and-a-half years, winning promotion to the Premier League and consolidating the club’s place in the top flight.
Brighton endured a difficult campaign, finishing one place and two points above the relegation zone.
They have amassed just 11 points from 18 games since the turn of the year, and fell four points short of last season’s league tally.
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom says sacking Hughton “has been one of the most difficult decisions” he has had to make, but says the time is right for a change in the dugout.
“Chris has done an excellent job, 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.
“Undoubtedly this has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make as chairman of Brighton, but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season.
“Our run of three 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.
“Chris will always be very fondly remembered by Albion staff and fans as one of our club’s finest and most respected managers.”