It really felt like Chris Hughton had weathered the storm at Brighton in the Premier League season that has just gone.
Despite some very poor results and performances, in the end, the 60-year-old was able to steer the south coast club to safety.
He even managed to take a point from Arsenal at the Emirates in the penultimate round of fixtures after a 1-1 draw, a draw that could have easily been a win on another day.
However, it was not enough to save his job, with a former Brighton player putting his sacking largely down to the style of football that was being played at the Amex under his watch.
“I think what it was was the style of play, especially at home,” Steve Sidwell told talkSPORT when speaking about Hughton’s dismissal.
“The away form [and cautious approach] started creeping into the home form and nerves sat in,” the ex-Seagulls midfielder added.
Looking back at Brighton’s season, Sidwell certainly raises a good point. The football was dire at times, hence why Hughton has been replaced by Graham Potter, a coach who had Swansea City playing some good stuff in the Championship.
But even so, Hughton’s dismissal still feels a little harsh, especially after that bright performance at the Emirates against Unai Emery’s men. Based on that display alone, the former Norwich City manager probably deserved to at least see the start of the new season from the Amex dugout.
What is done is done, of course, and Brighton supporters will now be hoping Potter can deliver both results and performances.
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