Chris Hughton become the manager of Brighton & Hove Albion on 31st December 2014. Hughton, a former Newcastle, Norwich and Birmingham manager, was tasked with saving the south coast outfit from relegation down to League One, which he achieved by steering the club to 20th in the table.
Chris Hughton had a good career as a player with spells at Spurs, West Ham and Brentford on his CV before he moved into coaching. His early career as a coach was spent at Tottenham where he learnt the ropes as a coach and as an Assistant Manager.
Hughton spent 14 years as a coach at White Hart Lane before moving to Newcastle to take on a similar role in 2007. Following the departures of Joe Kinnear and then Alan Shearer, Hughton was given the Managers role with the club in the Championship. At the time Newcastle were in in disarray, they had been relegated, the fans had turned against the owners but Hughton ignored that to do a great job in his first full-time Management role.
With Chris Hughton at the helm, Newcastle bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking with the Magpies winning the Championship. Hughton deservedly took much of the credit for that but despite a decent start in the Premier League the following season he was surprisingly sacked by Mike Ashley.
Hughton's reputation had been unhurt by his sacking at Newcastle and he was duly appointed Manager of Birmingham city who themselves ahad just been relegated from the Premier League. Birmingham were forced to sell several of their better players but the expectations of the fans at St Andrews remain high which is always a tricky situation for a new Manager.
Birmingham finished 4th in the 2011/12 campaign and lost to Blackpool in the play-offs.