Brighton boss Hyypia resigns; will this Leeds midfielder now stay in January?

Sami Hyypia resigned as Brighton boss today - what does it mean for Rodolph Austin?

With Brighton sitting 22nd in the Championship and four points shy of safety, manager Sami Hyypia decided to tender his resignation amid fan protests - and his exit was accepted by chairman Tony Bloom.

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood and ex-Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis are now favourites for the job, but the situation could yet have an effect on the future of Leeds midfielder Rodolphe Austin.

The Jamaican international, 29, has been a virtual ever present for Leeds ever since this 2012 move from Norwegian side Brann, but could be slipping down the pecking order at Elland Road.

Austin has had some injury worries this season, leaving Neil Redfearn to rely heavily on central midfield trio Tommaso Bianchi, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt.

That led to speculation linking Austin with a move to Brighton, where Hyypia reportedly saw him as the ideal January signing to boost his midfield.

Yet now, Hyypia's departure leaves Austin's future at Elland Road up in the air ahead of next month's transfer window - especially given Redfearn's recent comments about the midfielder.

Redfearn was disgruntled with Austin after he pulled out of the Leeds side to face Fulham last week, and the relationship between the two players seems to be straining.

Even with a move to Brighton now looking unlikely, Austin could still be on the way out in January unless he can prove his commitment and fitness to new Leeds boss Redfearn following the incident at Fulham.

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