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Seagulls secure Hughton deal

16th May 2018, 02:59 by Michael Holland

Chris Hughton has been rewarded with a new contract after keeping Brighton in the Premier League.

The 59-year-old has agreed fresh terms until 2021 after guiding Brighton to 15th place this season. In what was the club's debut Premier League campaign, Hughton masterminded victories over the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

Those wins helped the Seagulls amass 40 points and kept them safely in the top flight, Swansea going down in 18th place with seven points less.

Hughton, who has previous Premier League managerial experience with Newcastle and Norwich, guided Brighton into the division in 2017 and is already planning for what he believes will be a more difficult second season.

"I'm delighted to have extended my time with the club," he said. "I would like to thank the chairman, the board, my staff and everyone at the club, including our fans, for the support we've had in achieving our aims.

"The set-up in terms of the training ground and excellent facilities, and the professionalism of all the staff across the club gives us a platform and creates an excellent environment for us to work on a daily basis - and I would like to thank everyone at the club for their efforts this season.

"Our second season will be tougher, and we will need that spirit of togetherness to help us continue to progress - but once we've had a well-earned break and reflected on the season just gone, we will begin planning for 2018/19."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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