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Chris Hughton Wins Championship Manager Of The Year

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Chris Hughton mamnager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park on May 7, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

What a year it has been for Chris Hughton and Brighton. The former Ireland international took charge of The Seagulls at the end of 2014, as they languished in the Championship mid-table.

However, the 58-year-old has seen the team rise and rise. Having agonisingly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season, Brighton weren’t going to make the same mistakes again. They joined Newcastle as one of the two automatically promoted teams for next season’s top flight, as they look forward to life at the top table.

This evening, Hughton’s efforts have been recognised as he has been named the Championship’s Manager of the Season.

Following a remarkable year, the former Newcastle boss’ stock continues to rise. Next up is the challenge of keeping Brighton afloat in the Premier League.

While Irish fans don’t want to see Martin O’Neill leave anytime soon, there is talk that Hughton could be a contender to replace the Derry native at some point down the line.

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Author: The PA Team

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