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Chris Hughton confirmed as the new Brighton manager

Hughton replaces Sami Hyypia who resigned as manager last week.

Former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has been named as the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Hughton replaces Sami Hyypia in the Brighton hotseat after the Finn resigned last week, and takes over a side hovering above the relegation zone in the Championship.

It's Hughton's first managerial post after he was sacked as manager of Norwich City towards the end of last season, where the Canaries ultimately ended up being relegated.

Brighton Chairman Tony Bloom told the club's website: "Chris has an excellent record in coaching and management. He's hugely respected, both nationally and internationally, and he has great contacts within the game.

"He is someone who has a real wealth of experience in the top two divisions, from nearly 15 years at Spurs as a coach, assistant and interim manager, through to his more recent work in the Premier League and Championship.

"Chris is also a manager who has a track record for developing talent at all levels from academy upwards and will embrace the work we've been doing at the club in this area in recent seasons."

Hughton has plenty of pedigree in this division having led Newcastle United to the Premier League by winning the Championship, and leading Birmingham City into the play-offs in this division. His first game in charge will be an FA Cup tie against Brentford at Griffin Park, but his priority will be to move the side away from the relegation zone, with the Seagulls only surviving on goal difference for the time being.

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