Chris Hughton is looking forward to the challenge of Brighton’s second season in the Premier League after agreeing a new three-year contract with the Seagulls.
The 59-year-old has agreed fresh terms until 2021 after guiding Brighton to 15th place in the top flight this season.
It was a remarkable first season of Premier League football for the Seagulls, with highlights including wins over Arsenal and Manchester United at the Amex Stadium.
Hughton admitted he was “delighted” to have signed the new deal and, while he wants to relax and recharge the batteries, he’s already preparing to shift his focus onto next term.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom praised the former Republic of Ireland international for his work to date at the club and insists he’s a manager that is looked upon with tremendous respect in the English game.
“Chris’s record as our manager is absolutely superb, he has been great for the club and his measured and calm approach brings out the very best in all around him,” said Bloom.
“Chris’s diligent approach is respected across football. He thoroughly deserves his new contract and on behalf of everyone at the Albion I’d like to thank him for a wonderful season.”