Brighton boss Chris Hughton has been rewarded with a new contract after keeping the Seagulls 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

Chris Hughton has been in charge of Brighton since December 31, 2014

Chris Hughton has been in charge of Brighton since December 31, 2014

Chris Hughton has been in charge of Brighton since December 31, 2014

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. 

The Brighton boss guided his side to a commendable 15th place finish in the Premier League

The Brighton boss guided his side to a commendable 15th place finish in the Premier League

The Brighton boss guided his side to a commendable 15th place finish in the Premier League

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom told the club’s official website: ‘Chris’ 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.

CHRIS HUGHTON’S BRIGHTON RECORD 

Played 170

Won 76

Drawn 46

Lost 48 

‘Our first-ever Premier League season has been a brilliant experience for the club, with some iconic moments, including an unforgettable night at the Amex against Manchester United to secure our Premier League status earlier this month.

‘Chris’ 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.’ 

Hughton, whose previous deal was set to run until 2020, guided Brighton to promotion in 2017 and has impressed by getting his side to work effectively as a unit and show a constant determination to improve.

Brighton face a tough task next season as they look to retain their Premier League status again, but with Hughton at the helm they will be hopeful of staying up.

Following Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal, Hughton is now the fourth longest-serving manager at a Premier League club, with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino the only bosses to have been in charge of their sides for longer. 

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