Former England defender Wayne Bridge has questioned Brighton’s decision to sack Chris Hughton could backfire.
The Seagulls parted ways with the former Norwich and Newcastle manager the day after their season ended with a 4-1 home defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City.
Hughton’s men were dragged into the relegation scrap after a poor start to 2019, but were spared the drop as Cardiff joined Fulham and Huddersfield in the bottom three.
And Bridge, who enjoyed a loan spell with the Seagulls in 2012-13, believes sacking the former Tottenham man could prove a huge mistake.
He told Yahoo Sport UK: “I think there are a lot of teams out there which overestimate where they should be in the league.
“You know, be happy with where you are sometimes.
“I love Brighton as a club, I had a great time there, but I do hope they stay in the league next year.
“I’m a bit gutted for him to be honest, I think a lot of people are. I know they haven’t been great of late, but I would have liked to see him stay another season.”
Brighton were promoted under Hughton in 2017, where they have since retained their top flight position.
Along the way, Glenn Murray and co have caused considerable upsets - beating Manchester United twice as well as Arsenal.
But it was not enough, in the end, to earn Hughton more time.
“I don’t know what people are expecting,” the former Southampton and Fulham man added. “Are they expecting to be top ten? They didn’t get relegated, they are safe.
“I know they haven’t been great of late, that’s what they’re saying he got the sack for.
“They’re in the Premier League, they should be happy with that.”
Wayne Bridge was appearing at the latest Virgin Media #SuperSaints event which saw fans play at St Mary’s Stadium. For more information on the campaign, visit https://www.virginmedia.com/virgin-tv-edit/super-saints
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