Boss faced axe last month
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom was pondering axing manager Chris Hughton four weeks ago after the loss to Cardiff, according to local media.
Hughton was axed on Monday after the final day of the season as the Seagulls escaped the drop by the skin of their teeth, finishing two points above Cardiff in the final standings.
According to the Brighton Argus, Bloom considered sacking Hughton after the 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff which came just after the home hammering by Bournemouth.
The chairman decided against sacking him after the Bluebirds defeat as he thought that it could have actually worked against the side’s escape plan.
Meanwhile, Derby County boss Frank Lampard is in the running for the post, Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill, Swansea City boss Graham Potter and England Women boss Phil Neville have also been linked.