Brighton have sacked manager Chris Hughton after they ended up 17 th in the Premier League.
The Seagulls won simply 3 of their last 23 league video games and none of their last nine.
Chairman Tony Flower said that run “put our status at substantial risk”.
Hughton, who signed up with Albion in December 2014, led the club to the Premier League for the very first time in 2017, and they ended up 15 th in their first season back in the top flight.
Swansea boss Graham Potter, 43, who joined the club from Swedish side Ostersunds in 2018, is the preferred with the bookmakers to replace Hughton.
Hughton, 60, who was contracted till 2021, also took the club to the FA Cup semi-final this season, where they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.
Flower stated: “Our run of 3 wins from 23 Premier League matches put our status at significant danger. It is with that in mind, and the efficiencies throughout that duration, that I now feel it’s the correct time for a modification.
” Undoubtedly, this has been among the most tough decisions I have needed to make as chairman of Brighton, however ultimately one I have actually made due to how we struggled in the 2nd half of the season.”
Hughton won 40.93%of his 215 video games in charge and was named the Premier League’s manager of the month in March 2018.
He is the seventh Premier League manager to be sacked this season.
Blossom applauded Hughton for an “outstanding task” in stabilising the club, accomplishing promo and maintaining their Premier League status.
” Chris will always be really fondly remembered by Albion personnel and fans as one of our club’s finest and most highly regarded supervisors,” he included.
Fan site wearebrighton.com stated the majority of would “feel pity for Hughton” which the sacking represented a “substantial gamble” for Bloom in the “cut-throat world of contemporary football”.
” There are countless tales of concern of clubs getting rid of supervisors in favour of trying something new, just for it to end in tears,” it included, citing departures such as that of Alan Curbishley from now-League One Charlton Athletic.
However it stated Hughton’s record in the second half of the season indicated there might just be one outcome: “There is no avoiding the truth that considering that Christmas, they have actually been nowhere near excellent adequate – and few clubs would stick with a supervisor who was delivering so little throughout five months.”
Former player Kerry Mayo, who made more than 400 appearances for the club, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I do not think it’s a terrific surprise. He’s a terrific supervisor and has done a fantastic job for Brighton with the resources he had, however results from Christmas narrate.
” Football is a results video game and he hasn’t been able to keep Brighton mid-table where they need to be with that squad. They’re still a Premier League club, which they would have taken that at the start of the season, but in the second part of the season they have actually gone from playing positively to attempting to choose up the odd point to get them over the line.”
It is the 3rd time the former Republic of Ireland defender has been sacked – he was dismissed by Newcastle in 2010 and Norwich in 2014.
Brighton achieved Premier League safety with one game staying when Cardiff, who ended up two points behind them in 18 th, were relegated on 4 Might.
The Seagulls lost 4-1 at house to Manchester City on Sunday, as Pep Guardiola’s side retained the Premier League title.
Brighton selected Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth in the same role previously this year and in February he stated his goal was to keep Hughton in a task for as long as possible.
‘ Club wanted a different instructions’ – analysis
BBC Sussex analyst Johnny Cantor
It does not come as a total surprise. Do Brighton desire to remain in this position next season? Tony Flower has actually chosen they’ve got to go down another route.
The frustration for the fans this season has actually been that they began so well and after that trailed off and they might have found out a lesson from that, but clearly the chairman does not wish to run the risk of that once again next season.
They are going through a change, with Dan Ashworth coming in to revamp the recruitment and academy side of things, and now plainly they desire to go in a different direction with the supervisor also.
I make certain they will want someone in location as quickly as possible as the summer season recruitment strategies will have currently begun.