Chris Hughton on chopping block – even if Brighton manage to escape relegation

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CHRIS HUGHTON faces a battle to keep his job — even if Brighton beat the dreaded drop.

Seagulls chiefs are increasingly concerned by their woeful form since the turn of the year.

Chris Hughton is facing the sack at Brighton even if they avoid relegation
Chris Hughton is facing the sack at Brighton even if they avoid relegation
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Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss against 18th-placed Cardiff left them just two points off the relegation zone.

Club big-wigs are now discussing if a change is needed.

Boss Hughton’s cause is not helped by dressing-room concern over his negative tactics.

He is believed to have ignored pleas from senior stars to adopt a more attack-minded approach before Saturday’s 5-0 home drubbing by Bournemouth.

RELEASE THE SHACKLES

And a source said: “The players wanted Chris to release the shackles.

“He said ‘No’ because he wanted to keep playing the way that has proved successful in the past.”

Hughton’s stubborn refusal to change his approach comes despite Brighton losing their last FOUR league games.

But he said: “As a team, a club, a player, there is only one way we can ensure we stay up.

“It’s by fighting as hard as we can and making sure if we are not able to score, we are not conceding.”


Hughton guided Brighton into the top flight in 2017 and was rewarded for keeping them up last season with a new three-year contract.

Reaching the FA Cup semi-final has been the sole highlight of a dire 2019 — in which they have won just two league games.

There is no immediate desire to sack Hughton if they stay up — but it will be looked at this summer.

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