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15 May 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton signed a new deal at the club this afternoon, which will see him remain at the Amex Stadium until 2021 - but here’s a look at how the Seagulls boss has fared so far.

Hughton’s first game in charge ended in a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup back in 2015, as goals from Lewis Dunk and Chris O’Grady at Griffin Park knocked Brentford out in the third round.

A week later and the Seagulls were victorious away from home once again, this time in the Championship - with Rohan Ince’s second-half header sealing a 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic in Hughton’s first league match.

Four more league victories followed during the 2014/15 season, as Hughton guided the Seagulls away from the drop zone before a busy summer of transfer activity on the south coast.

Hughton introduced a number of new faces to the squad and the impact was instant, as Albion won six of their opening seven matches to lead the Championship inside the opening weeks of the season.

The Seagulls challenged at the top end of the Championship all season but missed out on promotion on the final day, following a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Hughton’s men lost on aggregate to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off semi-finals, despite a monumental effort across both legs - and the Albion boss had the job of picking his players up before the 2016/17 campaign.

It was a disappointing end to the season for the Seagulls - but Hughton’s players came back stronger and shot to the top of the Championship once again.

Albion strung together a 16-game unbeaten run - 12 victories - to strengthen their challenge for promotion, with Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town hot on their toes.

Hughton masterminded five consecutive victories towards the end of the campaign, and the Seagulls achieved what they’d been working so hard for - promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Here we are, just over 12 months later and the Seagulls remain in the Premier League for another season - following an impressive debut campaign, which saw them clinch survival with a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.

Hughton’s shrewd work in the transfer market and excellent man management helped Albion reach 40 points and finish 15th in the top flight of English football.

Albion’s home record under Hughton has been impressive since his arrival in 2015 - as they collected 147 points from a possible 228, scoring 124 goals, conceding 72 and keeping 30 clean sheets.

Overall, Albion have won 76 of their 170 games since Hughton signed for the Seagulls, while drawing 46 and losing 48 matches in all competitions across his three-and-a-half seasons at the club.

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