Crystal Palace might have a bitter, bitter rivalry with Brighton but even some of the Selhurst Park faithful have been bemused by the decision to sack Chris Hughton on Monday, with survival achieved and a semi-final reached.
The former Norwich boss arrived on the south coast in December 2014 and oversaw the Seagulls’ promotion to the top flight in 2017, although it all started to come undone in 2019.
The Amex Stadium outfit won just three of their last 23 league games and were saved from relegation by Palace’s victory over 18th-placed Cardiff two weeks ago. But considering what he has done for the club, Hughton’s sacking has come as a huge surprise to most inside and outside of Brighton.
A Crystal Palace fan shares his most gutting moment of the last 10 years supporting the Eagles in the video below…
Palace fans surely love that their rivals are making some bizarre decisions that could have big consequences in the future, but most were able to put the bad blood aside as they reacted on Twitter…
In all seriousness, Hughton got them out of the Championship and has kept them up in the 2 seasons that have followed.
Could they honestly have expected much more from him?
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) May 13, 2019
Deserve relegation next season.
— Chrissy Palace (@ChrissyPalace) May 13, 2019
I’m a Palace fan and despise Brighton but they’re stupid. Hughton has done an amazing job keeping them up for two seasons. It’ll be all the sweeter when they go down now. He deserves a bigger and better club.
— Luke CPFC (@LukeRemnant) May 13, 2019
Strange decision from Brighton.
Of course I'm not the best placed person to comment, but they are where they are because of Hughton. Without him they'd have been relegated – bang average squad due to be exposed but for defensive drilling.
Baffling to me.
— Ȼ??? (@CPFC_Cal) May 13, 2019
Did not take long for Brighton to stick the knife in Chris Hughton’s back https://t.co/GL8xyABbT7
— CPFC_NORTH_EAST (@NE_Palace_Fans) May 13, 2019
What’s the betting Fat Sam rocks up there?
— Dave Hill (@Cpfc1905Dh) May 13, 2019
More than 3 wins in 23 games and relying on a derby win to keep them up, after spending 120m in two seasons?
— Adam (@AdamFlinter) May 13, 2019
Their slump in the second half of the season indicates he lost the dressing room and I wouldn’t be surprised if some egos down there butted heads with him.
— Neil Kay (@neilkay1979) May 13, 2019