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The bizarre way Ryan learned about Brighton manager's sacking

6:12 AM IST 28/05/19
Mat Ryan Brighton
A barbershop visit the Socceroos shot-stopper is unlikely to forget anytime soon

Australian keeper Mat Ryan has revealed he was getting a haircut when he found out his Brighton manager Chris Hughton had been sacked.

Hughton was shown the door at the end of the season after the club finished 17th in the Premier League with Graham Potter since brought in as his replacement.

While Ryan has faith in the club's decision, Hughton's departure came as a shock, particularly considering how the Socceroo learned about it. 

“I was actually in the barbershop and a fan came in and was getting his haircut,” Ryan told Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast.

“After he finished, he got up and much to his shock, and I can’t quite remember the noise he made, but he said 'Oh my god, Chris Hughton has been sacked'.

“That’s how I discovered the news, it came as a shock, he’s a great gentleman of the game, Chris, around the training ground and all that.

"I have full faith in our club with the decisions they make, it’s obviously in the best interests of the club, and when pre-season comes around again I’ll be doing everything I can to make this new change hopefully a positive one."

Ryan is currently in Australia for the next month enjoying a well-deserved break with Graham Arnold opting against including him and other Socceroos regulars in Australia's squad to take on South Korea in early June. 

The 27-year-old made 34 Premier League appearances for Brighton this season either side of appearing at the World Cup and Asian Cup