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Hughton handed new Brighton contract after securing Premier League survival

22:00 GMT+3 15/05/2018
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The Seagulls have extended their manager's deal through to 2021 after seeing him cement a standing among English football's elite

Chris Hughton has signed a new contract to extend his spell as Brighton manager, the club have confirmed.

The 59-year-old has agreed to fresh terms that will keep him at the club until June 2021.

Brighton finished 15th in the top flight in 2017-18, having won promotion to the top flight last year, which saw Hughton nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Season award.

"I'm delighted to have extended my time with the club, and I would like to thank the chairman, the board, my staff and everyone at the club, including our fans, for the support we've had in achieving our aims," Hughton told the club's official website.

"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. 

"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."

Chairman Tony Bloom added: "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.

"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 [Stadium] 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."