Date: 19th May 2016 at 6:07pm
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Manager Chris Hughton’s fine season that saw Brighton narrowly miss out on promotion to the Premier League has seen him rewarded with a new four year deal.

Leading the club to a third place finish in 2015/16 missing out on the automatic spots by goal difference only, Hughton also picked up the LMA Championship Manager of the Year Award despite missing out on Play Off promotion to Sheffield Wednesday.

Signing a new deal until the summer of 2020, Chairman Tony Bloom told the Official Site.

‘Chris thoroughly deserves this new contract after such an outstanding season. He has done an exceptional job since he took over as manager on New Year’s Eve 2014. He secured our safety in his first five months in charge, and has instigated an outstanding turnaround in our fortunes on the pitch. He has overseen the building of a squad of which we are immensely proud, and one which has delivered a season to remember for our fans. He also has led the club off the pitch too, at important and difficult times, and we are very proud to have him as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. There is no doubt he is one of the best and most skillful 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.’

Chief executive Paul Barber added.

‘Chris has been an absolute pleasure to work with, for me and for everyone at the club. He is hugely respected by the board and our staff and I am absolutely delighted he has committed his longer term future to the club. Chris’s football knowledge and managerial ability is first class, and he is one of the most-respected figures in English football. I echo the chairman’s comments when I say we are very proud of Chris`s achievements this season, and we are delighted to have him as our manager.’

Speaking himself, Hughton said he was confident about the future and looking forward to the next four years having penned his new deal.

‘I`m absolutely delighted to agree a new contract. I was involved with a team that has made great progress and come very close, and now I`m really excited about the challenges of next season. We will make sure that the massive disappointment that everyone felt on Monday after such a good campaign acts as our motivation for next season.’

Since joining at the start of 2015, he also spoke about how he’d enjoyed his time at the club so far, and how he wanted to achieve more.

‘From the moment I arrived I was made to feel really welcome by everyone at the club, the players and the fans. The support I`ve had from everyone has been brilliant. I`ve settled into the area really well and I`ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. I`m now looking forward to the challenges we`ll face together over the next few seasons.’

Reacting to the LMA award he took as well, he ended by saying.

‘I`m very proud to have received the award, for a few reasons. My background into management was different from most. I spent many years as a coach, and that being the case, it makes the feeling even better. I`m also certainly very proud knowing the quality of manager in the Championship, which I think is at a higher level than it`s ever been. I know how tough this division is, and there is a great rapport between the managers. To receive the votes from them, with such quality in the division, makes it an even prouder moment for me.’

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