Very, very unlikely... Brighton's Chris Hughton responds when asked about managing Aston Villa

Chris Hughton

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has played down talk of a move to Aston Villa.

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has told The Argus that he doesn't think he'll be leaving to take the Aston Villa job any time soon.

Hughton has turned Brighton into promotion candidates this season, and Monday's 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest puts them on the fringes of the automatic promotion spots.

The 57-year-old has now won over 40% of his games in charge of the Seagulls, underlining why he is one of the best Championship-level managers around.

Promotion with Newcastle United in 2010 showed that, and he then took Birmingham City to the play-offs in 2012, before heading on to Norwich City, where he lasted just two years.

Now rebuilding his reputation with Brighton, Hughton's exploits haven't gone unnoticed, and there have been calls for him to be considered for the Aston Villa job, following Remi Garde's departure from the club last month.

The Premier League's bottom club need a new manager this summer, and whilst he managed their fierce rivals Birmingham, Hughton would be a smart choice considering his proven track record in the Championship.

However, Hughton was asked by The Argus about that particular possibility, and the Brighton boss responded by saying it is 'very, very unlikely' that he leaves the club to manage soon-to-be relegated Villa - after all, the two teams could swap divisions at the end of the season.

"It is very, very unlikely," said Hughton. "It’s always nice and the only time anyone is ever mentioned is if someone feels your team is doing well but I’m very happy here. There’s a lot of business to try to achieve this season," he added.

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