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Hughton signs new four-year contract with Brighton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has signed a new four-year contract just days after the club missed out on promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Hughton has committed his future to Brighton. Credit: PA

A draw at Middlesbrough on the final day of the regular league season saw Brighton condemned to third place in the Sky Bet Championship, when automatic promotion was tantalisingly close.

A painful play-off semi-final defeat followed at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, meaning Brighton must try again next season to earn a place in the top flight.

And the ambitious Seagulls board members trust Hughton to lead the challenge, handing him a new deal that runs until 2020.

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom told the club's official website: "Chris thoroughly deserves this new contract after such an outstanding season.

"There is no doubt he is one of the best and most skilful managers in the country and we are delighted to be going into next season with Chris at the helm and leading our club, as we aim to go one step further and realise our ultimate aim of reaching the Premier League."

Brighton boss praises Man United striker

James Wilson scored the only goal of the game. Credit: Reuters

Brighton boss Chris Hughton felt striker James Wilson produced his "best all round 90 minutes" for the Seagulls as the Manchester United loanee hit the only goal in their 1-0 home victory over Reading.

Albion's fifth win in their last six home games lifted them into second place in the Championship and an automatic promotion place and Hughton felt Wilson fully justified his recall to the team.

Wilson partnered Sam Baldock up front with Israeli international Tomer Hemed dropped to the bench.

I wanted to play James. It was a question of who I played alongside him.

Bobby Zamora was not available through injury and I thought maybe Sam would complement James a bit better.

James has bit stop-start since joining us, but he has been involved and he's getting used to the level of what the Championship is.

It was a good, fast attack that led to the goal and it was James' best all round 90 minutes for us.

– Chris Hughton


Man United striker gives Brighton win over Reading

James Wilson scored the winner. Credit: PA

James Wilson netted a first-half winner as Brighton moved up to second place in the Championship following a 1-0 victory over Reading.

Albion, who now boast five successive clean sheets, survived a late rally from the Royals to record their first league win over the Berkshire side in 12 attempts.

The Seagulls have now won five of their last six home games and Reading's defeat still leaves them without a clean sheet away from home for six months.


Zamora returns to Brighton after QPR release

Bobby Zamora left QPR this summer. Credit: PA

Striker Bobby Zamora has joined Brighton for a second time - 15 years after beginning his first spell with Albion.

The 34-year-old former England international was a free agent after leaving QPR and has signed a one-year deal, Brighton announced on Monday evening.

Brighton fined £90,000 for breaching FA agent rules

Brighton have been hit with a £90,000 fine by the Football Association and warned over their future conduct for admitting breaches of the governing body's agent regulations.

Brighton have been punished for breaching FA rules. Credit: PA

The charges relate to the Seagulls' acquisition of midfielder Dale Stephens from fellow Championship side Charlton at the end of January 2014.

Three authorised agents have also been sanctioned and warned to their future conduct for their roles in the same case.

In explaining the decisions, the regulatory commission decreed Brighton had "in the events which have happened, benefited from the non-payment of most of the commission".

It was revealed the south-coast club were charged under rule C.2, which states that a club "must not so arrange matters as to conceal or misrepresent the reality and/or substance of any matters in relation to a transaction or contract negotiations"

Brighton: Excrement incident may not be vandalism

Brighton and Hove Albion say an incident in which excrement was found in the away dressing room may have been an accident rather than a "deliberate act of vandalism".

Earlier this month, Brighton had to formally apologise to Crystal Palace after excrement was found on the floor of the away dressing room ahead of the second leg of the play off final - which Palace went on to win 2-0.

Chief executive Paul Barber announced that they had found "no evidence" to link the dressing room incident to a member of staff but admitted they did not know who was responsible.

Paul Barber has admitted they do not know who was responsible for the dressing room incident Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

“There is no evidence that a member of the club's staff was responsible. Equally, we cannot be sure who was.

"Unfortunately, we are very unlikely to know exactly what happened, but access and security to the tunnel area have been reviewed and some changes will be implemented next season. It is now time to move on," he said in a statement on the club website.

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