Brighton fires manager Hughton after slump in Premier League

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and Brighton manager Chris Hughton, right, embrace each other during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

BRIGHTON, England — Brighton has fired manager Chris Hughton after barely avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

Brighton owner Tony Bloom says in a statement it is "one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make ... but ultimately one I have made due to how we struggled in the second half of the season."

In its second season back in the Premier League, Brighton finished one place and two points above relegated Cardiff after winning only three of its last 23 matches.

On Sunday, Brighton lost to Manchester City, which retained its Premier League title with the 4-1 victory.

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