Brighton & Hove Albion fans have taken to social media to criticise the sacking of manager Chris Hughton.

The club announced this morning (Monday, 13) Hughton would be leaving with immediate effect, along with his assistant Paul Trollope and first-team coach Paul Nevin.

The decision follows a difficult back end to the season for Brighton, who won just three of 23 league games, and narrowly avoided relegation by two points.

But many fans appear displeased with the sacking, calling the decision ‘ridiculous’ and ‘crazy’.

In a statement, chairman Tony Bloom said the decision was a ‘difficult’ one, and Hughton will always be remembered as one of the club’s ‘finest and most-respected managers’.

He said:

“Chris has done an excellent job over the past four and a half years. 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 & Hove Albion, 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.

“I would like to wish Chris, Paul and Paul – who have all worked extremely hard throughout their time here – every success for the future, and thank them on behalf of everyone at the club.”

The club has confirmed the hunt to find Hughton’s successor is underway.