Sami Hyypia on the brink of the sack at Brighton

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 December 2014, 09:27

Sami HyypiaSami Hyypia's future at Brighton has been plunged deeper into the mire following Friday's dismal defeat to fellow strugglers Millwall. The former Liverpool defender headed into the crunch Championship clash under an avalanche of pressure after a rotten run of just one win in 16 matches; a sorry streak which was extended to a sole triumph in 17 fixtures after the Seagulls slumped to their third consecutive loss, leaving the south coast side stuck in the relegation zone (22nd), and three points from safety.

Seagulls supporters appear to have lost faith in the Finish boss who has just three of his 21 league games at the helm since he was appointed during the summer. It goes without that saying that this is a shocking return for a club who had pre-season ambitions of finishing in the top-6 for the third consecutive campaign. The Lions result means Hyypia has now been cut down to the even money favourite in the Championship Sack Race, while the likes of Chris Hughton, Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis are waiting in the wings in the Next Brighton Manager Market.

For the time being Hyypia remains in charge, but that hasn't prevented speculation on who could replace him in the dugout should he become the 13th second-tier boss to lose his job this season. Pulis (4/1) would no doubt be a very attractive appointment, although whether the former Crystal Palace boss is willing to drop down into the Championship is open to debate. Also available at the same price is Hughton, who led Newcastle to the second-tier title in 2010, while Sherwood is priced at 11/2. The latter was interviewed for the vacancy during the summer, but was reportedly overlooked due to his insistence on bringing is expensively-assembled Tottenham backroom staff with him.

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