It looks like the club is going through a re-organisation with Dan Ashworth coming in, so while I'd assumed Hughton was safe, it's not that much of a shock. I guess the lack of goals really did for him,
Have to say I was mightily impressed with the set up when I visited for a game a year or so ago; I was less surprised by this turn of events. They are clearly a club on the up built on an excellent base and have aspirations accordingly. Hughton has been an excellent manager, but there were signs last year of the team running out of steam defending desperately to hold onto their place - good luck to them and to Hughton who has built a decent CV for himself.
It's a decision that can't only be reviewed once Brighton get underway for next season. If his successor has them mid-table by the end of the 2019-20 season or goes even better than that, it can't be viewed as a wrong decision. A great case in point would be with Southampton a few seasons back. Out went the popular Nigel Adkins and there was fan uproar. I didn't hear too many Saints fans complaining when his successor Mauricio Pochettino led them to 8th in his first full season.
Fans do tend to react emotively to sackings of this nature. It's better to wait and see rather than condemn the Brighton board for pulling the trigger. They've made their choice and they'll be judged on whoever them bring in to replace Hughton and rightly so.
What Brighton did do right was stick with Hughton until the end of the season to keep them up. If they wanted to get rid, the day after the season finishes is the time to do it.
There are likely around 11 managers who are told the target is stay in the league as it's all about the cash...
We now have a top league where finishing 4th is considered ok, A champions league set up that is not for champions only and where you you can still benefit by finishing 3rd in your qualifying group and go into the Europa League.
Yet we have the likes of Brighton sacking their manager when they didn't fail
it's also worth noting that Manure were as close to relegation as they were to Man city
Still as long as the cash keeps rolling in !!!!!!!!